‘I’ll be a Formidable Force’

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The president of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) Rufus Anderson has claimed that he would be a formidable force in the forthcoming elections of the association.

Mr. Anderson said he still has some loyal friends who will re-elect him instead for another term.

The LBA boss boasted staging successful leagues amidst the lack of contracts and huge negative propaganda.

In January 2010 leadership elections Anderson defeated Jake Kabakollie and Rep. Solomon George.

He said he included Mr. Abraham Samukai, who vied for the position of vice president for administration and Bruce Quaye, the candidate for the vice president for operations on his team. All three of them won, he said.

Unfortunately, two years later, Samukai resigned, citing administrative reasons.

Mr. Samukai, the owner of K-Delta female basketball champion, is said to have joined ranks with Mr. Malcolm Joseph that he said he defeated in 2010. Mr. Joseph, Cestos Mogars boss, is reportedly interested in the vice president for administration post.

Meanwhile, Anderson confirmed that his administration agreed to a resolution of some stakeholders to create an independent committee to replace the LBA’s Secretariat and host a general Congress or combined both, to be called an Elective Congress.

The resolution, he said was drafted and adopted at the headquarters of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) with its president Philibert Brown serving as an observer.

“The January 28 date set for the elections for the leadership of the association is scrapped,” he admitted, “and a new date will be finalized in Thursday’s executive meeting.”

However, when he was contacted LNOC president Brown said he was only an observer and the resolution speaks of the result of the meeting and lies in the purview of the Executive Committee.

“I was only an observer. I was only there to observe and it’s what I did— but there was a resolution,” Mr. Brown said.

Meanwhile, some basketball pundits have hailed Anderson’s leadership and urged him to appeal to the Executive Committee to adopt the resolution.

They said that an Independent Elections Committee is necessary to promote free, fair and transparent elections.

It may be recalled that in 2010, ex-LBA president Gbor Wilson established a five-man Elections Committee outside of the LBA Secretariat. Attorney Joseph P. Gibson headed the committee.

Though, the LBA’s Executive Committee gives the time-frame for the elections, the Elections Committee will produce the election’s guidelines in accordance with the LBA’s Constitution.

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