6 October 2017

Liberia: PUL Members Resist Resignation Call

Some members of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) say they are not part of call for the resignation of the Union's Vice President Octavin Williams.

This week, a group headed by Mr. Edwin Clarke threatened to solicit the required signatures to impeach the PUL Vice President.

Mr. Clarke said the PUL Vice President does not have the moral rectitude to occupy the position. He accused Mr. Williams of usurpation functions of the Union's President, Charles Coffey, by his constant issuance of unilateral statements.

But in a press statement issued Thursday, the PUL members from various media institutions said they are taken aback because the statement by Clarke is intended to create confusion in the Union.

"As members of the union, we term this so-called and disjointed hard-to-comprehend press statement issued by some anti-development elements within the media through their stooge and surrogate Edwin Clarke, as counterproductive and an attempt to sow a seed of discord and bring our noble union and profession to public disrepute," the statement bearing the signatures of more than 23 PUL members said.

The statement called on Mr. Clarke who is being described as anti-development agent to with immediate effect apologize to the leadership of the PUL and desist from issuing further reckless and irresponsible statement that seeks to bring division within the union.

The PUL members said in a short period of time, the judicious leadership of the PUL, headed by President Charles Coffey Jr. and his corps of officers, has brought tremendous and immense development and integrity to the journalists Union in the Country.

They cited the rehabilitation of the dilapidated offices of the union, the removal of the US$100,000 case from Court, the securing of US$300,000 from the government of Liberia for the construction of the Union's headquarters as some achievements.

Under the Coffey's leadership, the statement said the PUL is experiencing high level of media trainings and/or engagements as well as the recent MOU signed between with the Association of Liberian Journalists (ALJA) in the United States of America for training of Liberian journalists.

"This leadership, headed by President Coffey and his corps of officers is the best in recent memories. We also want to use this medium to congratulate the farsighted leadership of the PUL for her timely decision to withdraw from the corruption-tainted Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC)," they said.

The PUL members are calling on other colleagues of like minds to remain focused, and further express their deepest, unbending and unwavering explicit confidence in the current leadership of the PUL headed by President Charles Coffey Jr., Vice President Octavin Williams, Secretary General Daniel Nyankonah and Assistant Secretary General Dyrus Zinnah.

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