16 April 2013

Liberia: CDC Still On PYJ's Back

Liberia's main Congress for Democratic Change or CDC seems to be restless in confronting Senator Prince Y. Johnson and the Liberian Legislature.

CDC's lousy National Chairman George Solo has boasted that his party has succeeded in silencing Nimba County's influential Senator Prince Y. Johnson, maintaining that if he (PYJ) went contrary to their warning against making any public statement, a citizen's arrest would be instituted against him. "We are successful in making Prince Johnson to shut his mouth, and if he dares speak, he will be arrested."

At a recent news conference in the township of Oldest Congo Town, , the CDC Chairman described the Nimba County Senator as someone who is 'not of his class, because according to him, he will never have a track record of war and killing several innocent people compared to the warlord-turned lawmaker'.

Asked whether he as chairman feared that the CDC might lose support in vote-rich Nimba County as a results of his negative comments against Senator Johnson whom many see as the face of Nimba County and their political god father, Solo asserted: "To imply that Prince Johnson is a Political godfather of Nimba is unfair to the many great men and women of Nimba county, especially the likes of Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, Dr. Joseph Korto, and many other intelligent citizens of Nimba."

Solo averred that gone are the days when Senator Johnson and others gained notoriety as a result of killing innocent Liberians, and destroying their prosperities.

It was alleged that Senator Johnson accused the CDC of being behind a plan to use the April 12 demonstration to stage a coup to unseat the current government, something that led to a hash response from the CDC's threat of Citizen's arrest against him.

Meanwhile, Solo has again described members of the House of Representatives and Liberian Senate as a 'bunch of rouges and individuals who lack credibility'.

Addressing a news at the Party's Congo Town headquarters recently in Monrovia, Solo said, members of the Liberian Legislature were a group of people who allocate public funds to themselves, and had no interest in positively impacting the lives of Liberians, as well as the growth and development of the country.

Responding to a question about his party's position on the ratification of LIB-13 (oil block), Solo expressed serious disappointment in the lawmakers, regretting that despite several pleas from several Liberians, including civil society organizations and experts, calling on the Liberian Legislature not to ratify the agreement until flaws observed in the re-negotiated agreement were addressed, lawmakers horribly went ahead with the ratification. Solo:

"We don't have a credible Legislative Branch of Government that is why we as a political institution need to get redress to issues of national concern. Our statement is based on the past track records of the Legislature of confirming officials of government with questionable track records to hold public offices, and the speedy ratification of concession agreements even if they are not in the public interest."

Asked about lawmakers from the CDC, Mr. Solo said the party has set up a committee to investigate CDC lawmakers to know why they voted the way they voted in the Block 13 ratification agreement despite the party's position to vote against the ratification.

Mr. Solo also told journalists at the conference that the party would take action in line with the committee's recommendation, but did not say what their actions will be.

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