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Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, a close political ally of President George Manneh, has urged his colleagues in the Senate and the full plenary of the Liberian Senate to summon President Weah to give reasons why he should not be held in contempt.

Speaking in the Senate chambers Thursday, January 21, during debate why controversial Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Nigerian-born Cllr. A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike still serves in government, Senator Johnson said President Weah should be made to give reason why Cllr. Nwabudike, who carries a questionable Liberian naturalization document, still heads the anti-corruption institution.

He said it is embarrassing to have someone, who is not a Liberian citizen serves in the government and worse of it, for the President to be in full known but refuses to take action, is unacceptable.

According to PYJ, the only option left with the senate is to summon President Weah and make answer to senators on the employment of the ‘controversial’ LACC chairman.

He added that since the senate took the decision to reject Cllr. Nwabudike, the President should have amounted courage enough to fire him or make him to resign, for Mr. Weah to ignore everyone is something the senate should not take lightly.

Also speaking, River Gee Senator Conmany Wesseh, said Cllr. Nwabudike has managed his way criminally through all sectors of the Liberian government including the judiciary, the executive and legislative branches and later duped the Liberia National Bar Association.

Senator Wesseh said Cllr. Nwabudike must stop and the only way to do so, is to push the executive branch of government to remove him or Justice Minister, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, be made to appear before plenary to explain the role of the Nigerian national in government.

For his part, Senator Jonathan Sogbie from the same county in a strong tune told his follow senators to declare vote of no confidence in the LACC boss and communicate with President Weah accordingly.

In a letter to the leadership of the Senate on Thursday, April 02, 2020, President Weah wrote, “I do hereby withdraw nominations of Cllr A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, Chairman-designate, National Elections Commission; Cllr Edwin K. Martin, Chairperson-designate, Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, respectively…”

President Weah’s decision to especially withdraw the nomination of Cllr was the culmination of nearly a week of fierce blowback from all sectors of the Liberian society including some members of his ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). Following the withdrawal of his nomination, on June 19, 2020, the Liberia National Bar Association with immediate effect expelled Ndubuisi from the Bar for his woeful failure to defend his citizenship both before the Senate confirmation hearing and the Grievance and Ethics Committee of the National Bar Association.

Meanwhile, the senate has voted overwhelmingly to invite Justice Minister, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean to explain Cllr. Nwabudike’s presence in the government and that, based on response from the attorney general, drastic decision should be taken to put an end to the Nwabudike’s story in the body politics of Liberia.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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