: NPP Executives In Words of WarSource : http://www.thenewdawnliberia.com/in... ... mardi 17 décembre 2013
Internal bickering within the National Patriotic Party or NPP is glaringly deepening by the day, despite the party’s suspension by the National Elections Commission or NEC, for failure to operate within its own constitution and to meet the NEC’s requirements.
Officials of the party continue to trade acquisitions, with one group accusing the current party Chairman Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould of failing to conduct a biennial convention ; but Gould has rejected the claims, calling them “so-called officials who have refused to pay party dues,” but want to be free riders.
On Tuesday, 17 December 2013, the NPP issued a statement in Monrovia expressing regrets that its chairman, Cllr. Gould has brought the party to a level of “humiliation and embarrassment,” blaming him for its suspension by the NEC.
At the party’s headquarters in Sinkor, the national vice chairman for administration and Liberia’s former Vice President Mr. John D. Gray presided over a meeting that resolved that everything must be done to bring the party in line with its constitution and the NEC requirements.
With the majority of the national executive committee members, legislators, stalwarts and other partisans were said to be in attendance, according to the NPP press release.
“The party executives, stalwarts and founders expressed regrets that Cllr. Gould has brought the party to this level of humiliation and embarrassment,” the release said.
The NPP recalled that the NEC notified Cllr. Gould as party chair of the party last week that until it operated within its constitution and NEC mandate to hold biennial convention implemented, the NEC will refrain from all interactions with the party.
“The NEC also declared the NPP secretariat illegitimate. In light of this, a committee was appointed, chaired by Tom Woewiyou, former President Protempore of the Liberian Senate under the National Patriotic Party Government to organize the biennial convention,” the NPP said.
It said the convention date was approved for the 9th to 11th January, 2014, reemphasizing the executive committee’s assurance to all partisans that all efforts were underway to restore the party’s relationship with the NEC prior to the Senatorial elections next year.
But in his reaction Tuesday evening via mobile phone, Cllr. Gould said he was not refusing to hold convention, while describing those making the claims as none due paying members.
“Conventions are held by dues paid by members. Those calling themselves executives are not paying dues,” he said. The embattled NNP chairman said, in any case the much trumpeted convention is not the national convention but rather a secretariat convention.
He said had hoped that members would have contributed towards the holding of the convention through their dues payment ; something he said is not forthcoming.
He said the NPP has assets and possible income in the future, from which he had hoped not to draw, but is now being constrained to do so with the holding of the County convention scheduled to take place from December 27-30 2013, while the secretariat convention will follow beginning January 30-February 2, 2014.
He said to draw on the income to hold the convention will only be straining the party financially when it is supposed to prepare to support candidates in future elections.
More than that, he said the convention which is supposed to usher in new national leaders, at which time his position will be contested for being due for the latter part of 2014 , opposed to the claims being made by the “so-called officials.”
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