UP Expelled Members Call on NEC to Overturn Party Decision
Monrovia – Mr. Patrick Worzi, Unity Party’s (UP) expelled Secretary General, has filed a complaint with the National Elections Commission (NEC) against hierarchies of UP for what he called his “erroneous and so-called expulsion.”
Report by Henry Karmo [email protected]
“Wherefore and in view of the foregoing facts and principle of law, petitioners pray this honorable Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia to overturn the erroneous and so-called expulsion of co-petitioner, Patrick T. Worzie and others affected NEC members and further mandate the Unity Party to reinstate the Co-Petitioner and others and restore unto them all and any other privileges and opportunities that they are legally entitled to as the Secretary General a.i of the Party and NEC’s members and grant any and all further relief this Board of Commissioners may deem just, legal and equitable.”
On January 13, 2018 Worzi and three other party members including the former standard bearer and former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, were expelled by the Unity Party.
According to the resolution by the Executive Committee, Sirleaf and three other partisans were culpable of violating stipulation in the party’s rulebook for which they were been expelled.
Article VII Section 1(e) of UP’s constitution, underscores the “Obligation, Rights and Entitlements of Members of Unity Party and the section clearly spells out the role of partisans in elections,” including supporting the party’s candidate through campaigning, providing support for any candidate of the Unity Party at any election.
Sirleaf’s fallout with her former Vice President, Joseph Boakai, during the 2017 elections, reportedly questioned her loyalty to the party and sparked the feud.
The rift was glaring between Sirleaf and certain hierarchies of the party as speculations heightened that she was backing George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in the Presidential Election.
Mr. Weah subsequently won the Presidential Run-off Election held him and the former Vice President.
Mr. Weah is now President of Liberia.
In the petition filed by Worzi, a copy of which is in the possession of this newspaper, title Hon. Pactrick Worzi Et Al, secretary a. i. and National Executive Committee member (NEC) of UP of Monrovia, Liberia versus Hon. Joseph N. Boakai, Standard Bearer, Hon. Wilmot J.M. Paye, National Chairman et al, National Executive Committee members all of the UP.
He prayed the NEC to compel the Unity Party to revoke and set aside his January 13, 2018 unlawful and prejudicial expulsion.
He claimed that minority members of the party including standard bearer Boakai and Chairman Paye constituted themselves as both judge and jury on the night of January 13 to “out-rightly violate” the constitution of the Unity Party.
According to Worzi’s petition filed to the NEC, 16 minority members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Unity Party in various leadership positions, hosted by the Standard Bearer at his private residence, conspicuously targeted for expulsion the standard bearer emeritus, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Senator Company Wesseh, Mrs. Medina Wesseh, and he Patrick Worzie all of whom were Executive Committee members.
Petitioners submit and say that the 16 votes taken and other motion to expel the respondents named herein fall short by the required voted as can more fully be seen from the constitution of the Unity Party’s Article VI section 3, which requires for two-third members to expel or punish any members of the Party.
Worzie also accused the UP’s NEC members of not giving he and others the opportunity due process of law and or administrative investigation for which petitioners were illegally expelled on mere allegations of violating the By-law and constitution of the Unity Party devoid a single iota of truth and or proof of effect.
According to sources at the National Elections Commission (NEC), NEC hearing officers will conduct the first hearing on the case on next Tuesday, February 20, 2018.