“VP Taylor is not expelled”-NPP Secretary General Clarifies

The Secretary-General of the National Patriotic Party, Andrew Peters says Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor remains the Standard Bearer of the Party and was not expelled by anyone as being reported.

Speaking in an interview with The Monrovia Times Bong County Correspondent recently, Mr. Peters stated that those who say they have expelled VP Howard Taylor are not even member of the Party stressing that a non-partisan does not have the right to expel any member of the party.

It can be recalled that Delegates, who attended the “extraordinary session” of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) faction under the leadership of embattled James Biney, on Saturday, December 1, unanimously voted to expel Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor from the party.

At that extraordinary session in Bentol City, Montserrado County, the Biney faction also expelled Mr. John Gray, the party’s chairman and at the same time agreed that a communication is sent to President George Manneh Weah, telling him to “recall” the two expelled persons, from their governmental posts.

But on the contrary, the Party’s Secretary General Andrew Peters has described Mr. Biney’s action as a waste of time maintaining that he (Mr. Biney) does not hold legitimacy to the party and his plans to destabilize the most experienced party in the Coalition for Democratic Change will fail.

Mr. Peters told our Bong County Correspondent that even though Mr. Biney is not a member of the party, but if any member feels disenchanted about something in the NPP he or she needs to first pass through the Grievance and Ethics Committee instead of sitting at the back doors and singlehandedly writing letter of expulsion.

“What I am telling you is that Mr. Biney is not even a flow member of the Party and he does not have any right to write a communication to anyone about the expulsion of our Standard Bearer” Mr. Peters adds.

The Secretary-General of NPP termed the recent decision by Mr. Biney, whom he said does not have the authority to take a decision, as illegitimate.

“Under our Constitution, Article 8.4 and 8.8 is clear on carrying on proceedings. What expelled Chairman Biney needed to do is to seek legal redress at the NEC, then jumping up in the morning and grab non-partisans and NPP partisans who are non-stakeholders and give them T-shirts to go for a convention,” he told this paper.

Mr. Peters has stated that the real NPP convention with be Saturday, December 8, 2018, in Gbarnga, Bong County where partisans of the NPP will decide issues of importance to the Party.

The recent expulsion of the Vice President from her Husband’s party has raised tension in Bong County with majority members of the NPP describing the situation as great regret.

“This is not fine for us as NPP Partisans, Vice President Jewel Howard remains our Standard Bearer and no one will expel her until the six years finishes because nothing wrong she has done” Peter Dolopaye a member of the party who is said to have been asked to join in 1997 by Former President Charles Taylor angrily told this paper.

Mr. Dolopaye said those who claim to be members of the party need to be thinking about improving the party but not to bring the experienced NPP to public disrepute.

“If we continue doing things like this, it will clearly tell the World that we are not able to maintain the Party in the absence of its former Leader Charles G. Taylor, we need to put ourselves together for the better but not to be hearing these kinds of messages,” he said.

On the other hand, the NPP Secretary-General has promised to file a lawsuit against one Alexander Johnson who claims to be the Chairman of the Party in Bong County.

Mr. Peters described Mr. Johnson alleged impersonation as criminal in nature adding that the NPP does not recognize Mr. Johnson as Chairman in Bong County unless Representative Josiah Marvin Cole.

Mr. Peters said that he will ensure that Mr. Johnson gets arrested and face prosecution for lying that he is the Chairman of the party in Bong County.

When contacted by our Bong County Correspondent, Mr. Alexander Johnson stated that instead of Mr. Peters filing lawsuit against him, he (Mr. Johnson) will take Mr. Peters to court for always insulting him.

When quizzed by our Corresponded as to whether he has ever stated that he is the Chairman of the party in Bong, Mr. Johnson said he is the party Chairman in Bong who was elected.

An investigation has established that Mr. Johnson supports the recent expulsion of VP Howard Taylor by James Biney who is said to be a Confidant of President George M. Weah.

The National Patriotic Party (NPP) is a political party in Liberia. It was founded in 1997 by members of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia following the end of the First Liberian Civil War.

The party contested the 1997 general election, with the NPFL’s leader, Charles Taylor, serving as the party’s presidential candidate. Taylor won the presidential election with 75% of the vote. The party also won 49 of the then 64 seats in the House of Representatives and 21 of 26 in the Senate.

Due to domestic and international pressure as a result of the Second Liberian Civil War, Taylor stepped down as president in August 2003. In October of that year, Taylor’s successor, Moses Blah, and the members of the Legislature resigned and ceded power to the National Transitional Government of Liberia.

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