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Political tussle in Grand Gedeh over legislative seat

By Lincoln G. Peters

There’s a political tussle among representative hopefuls from Grand Gedeh County Electoral District #2 ahead of the 2023 presidential and legislative elections.

Efforts by elders to narrow from five to one, the number of representative hopefuls through dialogue in Konobo administrative district alone have failed.

The opposition calling themselves ‘Joint Political Movement of District #2’, Grand Gedeh County insisted that the elders’ decision to select a single person to represent Konobo in the pending legislative election is deceptive, selfish, and greedy.

The group said the decision by the elders of Konobo administrative district is unilateral.

Five sons of Konobo administrative district want to contest for a representative seat for Grand Gedeh County Electoral District #2 this year.

But the elders of Konobo district through Mr. Gibson Myers organized a committee chaired by elder Moses Neah to bring the five representative hopefuls to a dialogue.

The proposed dialogue intended to choose one of the five hopefuls as the potential candidate for the area during this year’s presidential and legislative elections.

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But three of the five representative hopefuls including Mr. Shem B. Jallayu, Alex Gee, and Mr. Patrick Bowah have denounced the dialogue through a press statement issued Tuesday, 10 January 2023 in Monrovia.

The three men said at no time were they ever invited to any meeting by the elders to decide who will represent the area in the elections.

They noted that the elders allegedly took two hundred United States dollars each from them, but did not invite them to any meetings.

The three men however assured their supporters and the public in general that they will contest in the upcoming legislative election.

They noted that mobilization and recruitment along with developmental projects will continue.

According to the group, the decision taken by the elders headed by Chief Elder Peter McGill and the Chair of the Committee Mr. Neah is deeply characterized by deception and conflict of interest to select an individual to represent them.

They alleged that all of the clans and sections in Konobo including lower and upper Gbardru, and lower and upper Gbilibo were not represented at the meeting organized by Mr. Moses Neah.

The representative hopefuls further alleged that there was no agreement made between the organizing committee headed by Mr. Neah and all representative hopefuls.

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