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Thank You Mr. President

THE SENATE’S COMMITTEE on Autonomous Agency had been conducting the investigation leading to the confirmation of six individuals nominated to the National Elections Commission (NEC) recently by President George Weah.
CLLR. NDUBUSI NWABUDIKE’S name surfaced as chairperson-designate of the NEC among five other would-be commissioners which include Barsee Kpangba, Davidetta Brown Lasannah, Cllr. Ernestine Awar, Victoria Kou Gaye and Floyd Sayon and these nominations have been raising eyebrows right from the beginning even before the Senate Committee began its process of vetting.
THE OPPOSITION POLITICAL parties present, recommended to that Committee the rejection of not only Cllr. Nwabudike but Victoria Gaye and Floyd Sayon as well, because according to them those individuals were not prepared to represent the interest of the nation.
THE OPPOSITION POLITICAL parties believed that Nwabudike and Sayon are all elements of fraud and should not be confirmed and reminded that most of Liberia’s problems have been as a result of fraudulent elections or irregularities while Gaye already defeated herself by saying that she neither had knowledge nor was she qualified for the position.
HOWEVER, THE CONTENTION surrounding Nwabudike’s status seemed to be no small decision to have been taken by the Senate Committee alone apparently due to his role in the ruling establishment; yet that body had diverse views considering expediency versus legality and lies versus facts while the nominee himself had problems with his birth dates marred by several inconsistencies and discrepancies.
THE CONFIRMATION BEGAN on Monday, March 31 and political parties were invited to witness the deliberation on Tuesday, April 1, which was the date scheduled for the next hearing; which then created an unprecedented twist into the entire process when in fact the nominee was already receiving sufficient lashes from the public.
THE OPPOSITION’S STANCE was countered by the representatives of the ruling party who slammed all the comments terming the Committee’s action to invite political parties to the Committee’s vetting process of political nominees dangerous because according to them it is left with the President to appoint while the Senate accepts or rejects therefore there was no need for additional outside influence.
INSPITE OF THE recommendation made by the political parties, the Committee took a vote to forward the names of five of the six nominees for confirmation to plenary; an action that did not go down well with some colleagues who walked out during the voting process but a motion for reconsideration was filed thereby placing a halt to the decision until it can be defended in open session by those who voted within three working days.
INDEED, WE SHOULD all hail the Senate Committee for doing a great job for which President Weah immediately communicated with the President Pro-temp of the Liberian Senate withdrawing the nomination of Nwabudike without any justification; this means our President is beginning to listen.
WITH THE WRITINGS all over the wall, this was the most honorable thing that President Weah had ever done since his ascendency to state power because the voice of the people is the voice of God and his action brings true meaning to government because there was too much noise surrounding the lead nominee which could not be easily cleared either by himself or the appointing power even if there was a political twist.
WITH NO HESITATION, we say THANK YOU YAAAAAA! Mr. President; thank you George Weah for this brilliant decision; now we say our branches of government are trying to coordinate because the Bar is even handling this learned counsellor for his own deeds.
NOW WE ARE listening to the plenary of the Liberian Senate to hear if they too will pay heed to recommendations made by the political parties and calls from other individuals in society regarding the confirmation of others with parti-colored character who are yet to be confirmed to that house of integrity.

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