The Secretary-General of the former ruling Unity Party (UP), Mohammed Ali, says his March 1, 2021 Facebook post, alluding to a ploy against the failure of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to certificate Lofa County Senator-Elect Brownie J. Samukai, was meant to be carried out through legal means.
Mr. Ali made the clarification on March 24, 2021, through yet another social media post after being questioned by authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) on Monday, March 22, 2021.
“If the NEC did not certificate owing to the ploy, they will see what will happen in the end, which basically was indicating that we will seek appropriate legal means in the end,” Mr. Ali, who is scheduled to appear today, March 25, 2021, for the continuation of questioning by the LNP.
Mr. Ali said as a person and a ranking member of the Unity Party, he has always maintained that all grievances be addressed through legal means.
“My post was simply alluding to the fact that we will ensure the NEC will face the full legal consequences should they implement a strategy intended to deny the certification of Mr. Samukai, thereby denying the people of Lofa of their choice of Senator,” Mr. Ali said.
According to Mr. Ali, he maintains that the action of NEC is wrong and a violation of the law, and that “we will ensure that NEC will account for all wrongs.”
“As it relates to my March 4 post referring to Associate Justice Nagbe as a hardcore tribalist, it is an opinion birthed out of the fact that: when Justice Nagbe served as Senator for Sinoe County and was involved in active politics, he clearly stated that he was in the Senate to PROTECT the Kru PEOPLE,” Mr. Ali said.
Mr. Ali said Liberians were aware that there are several ethnic groups that are inhabitants of Sinoe and for a person who was elected by a mixture of people from different ethnic backgrounds to state categorically that he is only protecting his tribal people suggest that said person is a tribalist to the core.
“I like to reemphasize that we condemn violence in any form. We encourage Liberians to always pursue legal means in addressing our grievances despite our lack of confidence in the Justice System led by our Supreme Court Justices, some of whom seemed compromised and bend toward the ‘will’ and ‘pressure’ of the Executive Branch of Government,” Mr. Ali said.
He added: “We must always, individually and collectively, speak truth to power! I will always exercise my right of free speech and my right to not be harassed or intimidated that is protected by the Constitution of Liberia.”
Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police granted Mr. Ali, 48 hours to reappear at its headquarters for his social media posts that the LNP considers a matter of security concern.
The mandate followed Mr. Ali’s first appearance after an invitation was extended to him to appear on March 18, which he did not honor based on an excuse that he was not well and wanted to undergo medical treatment.
The Police then declared him a “Wanted Man,” which the Unity Party and the Collaborating Political Parties claimed was contradictory to the Liberian law.
However, after some exchanges between the LNP and Ali’s legal team, Mr. Ali was accompanied to the Police Headquarters on Monday by top leaders and partisans of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) and the Unity Party in adherence to the call of the state security.
Top opposition officials including former Vice President Joseph Boakai, All Liberian Party political leader Benoni Urey, Chairperson of the CPP, Senator Nynoblee Karnga Lawrence, and Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, were present.
On March 1, 2021, Ali wrote on his Facebook page, “Dear National Elections Commission (NEC), we understand the ploy. But try it and you will see what’s gonna be the end result.”
Again, on March 4, 2021 Ali posted saying “I don’t believe in the integrity of the Supreme Court. Most of the Justices have been corrupted. Justice Nagbe is a hardcore tribalist.”
Following the two social media posts, both the home of Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe and the headquarters of the National Elections Commission (NEC) were attacked with petrol bombs by unknown individuals.
It was predicated upon the attacks that the Liberia National Police (LNP) invited Mr. Ali to explain the motives of his posts.