- Last Updated on 25.05.2018
The government of Liberia has branded opposition Politician, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty as a “sore loser” a day after he accused President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of rigging the 2017 polls in favor of former soccer star cum Senator of Montserrado County, George Weah although there was no winner of the first round of voting.
Liberia’s Information Minister, Eugene Lenn Nagbe told a press conference Friday, November 3, 2017 that Cllr. Brumskine’s comments are “reckless and unfounded”.
The government’s spokesman indicated that the Liberty Party flagbearer should understand that his rejection at the polls by the Liberian people for the third time represents their will, which he must accept instead of skipgoating by making “baseless comments”.
Cllr. Brumskine in a BBC interview on Thursday alleged that President Sirleaf directly interfered with the just-ended polls to ensure rigging.
He also accused the Liberian leader of rejecting the outcome of the 1985 elections in which she won as Senator of Montserrado County and subsequently brought war on the Liberian people.
But Minister Nagbe rubbished the Liberty Party standard bearer’s claims, terming it as a “demonstration of desperation and dishonesty’, something he claimed the country does not deserve.
According to Nagbe, the behavior exhibited by Cllr. Brumskine demonstrates his lack of leadership and respect for the constitutional and democratic will of the Liberian people and of those who they place in authority through their votes.
Nagbe pointed out that it is shameful for Cllr. Brumskine to be accusing President Sirleaf of bringing war when he served as legal counselor to the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and subsequently as President Pro-Tempt of the Liberian Senate under former President Charles Taylor who led the war.
“For the so-called learned counselor to resort to misinformation in the mass media and the distortion of the facts of history while his frivolous contention is being addressed by the Supreme Court, shows his lack of respect and confidence in the judicial and legal process,” Nagbe emphasized.
Minister Nagbe, at the same, stressed that the government remains committed to a free, fair and democratic transition and will not pursue any avenue that will seek to undermine the free will and choice of the Liberian people.
He, therefore, called on every citizen to remain calm as the legal process takes its due course and urged political party leaders to refrain from making baseless and unfounded comments which have the propensity to subvert the peace and security of the country.
In response to the government’s mouthpiece, Liberty Party Vice Chairman for Political Affairs, Abraham Darius Dillon said it is untrue that the learned lawyer served as “legal advisor to former President Charles Taylor during the heydays of the war.
“Charles Brumskine may not be the person some Liberians like to be their president but Charles Brumskine has the credibility and integrity that is almost unmatched with many of these people who are in public service,” Dillon stated.
“Brumskine has never been; there is no trace or whisper that Brumskine has ever been a founding member of any warring faction that brought war on our people,” the Liberty Party Vice Chairman for Political Affairs pointed out.
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