By Socrates Smythe Saywon
Monrovia – Former Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission [LACC] Chairman Cllr. Ndubusi Nwabudike according to a LACC source resigned finally due to massive pressure from Liberian progressive forces, including Bar President Cllr Tiawon Gongloe and the left leaning campus based Vanguard Student Unification Party, or (SUP).
After several weeks of advocacies against Nwabudike by the progressive class calling on his immediate resignation and departure from the agency, due to president Weah’s refusal, to fire the Nigerian national who falsified Liberian documents for his citizenship, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, called on members of the National Legislature to reject bills emanating from President George Weah’s desk, until Nwabudike was fired.
Cllr. Gongoloe, also a Progressive and Chairman of the Movement for Justice in Africa or MOJA, called on the Senate not to approve any budget allocation to the LACC, because its chairperson (Nwabudike) lied to the Supreme Court by declaring himself as a citizen of the Republic of Liberia, when he is not.
The Bar President and MOJA leader stressed, “The powers of the Liberian people is invested in the Senate, through a constitutional mandate, through which, is predicated upon members of the Senate to shoulder their obligations by acting swiftly in the matter.”
He noted that Cllr. Nwabudike Nbudusi lacked integrity… this “Man who over the years frauded the judiciary system [about] his nationality,” he added. Gongloe said the LACC boss had engaged in misrepresentation and lies, as he acquired membership within the country’s legal system, “I commend the Liberian Senate for its efforts in ensuring that the LACC boss faces the full weight of the law.”
The former Solicitor General then said he appreciated the stance by the Senate, acknowledging that the Senate stance against Nwabudike was in the best interest of the Liberian people. He cautioned the Liberian senate to ensure that the President of the Republic of Liberia respects them by rejecting all bills from his office.
As for the Vanguard Student Unification Party (SUP), it declared Nwabudike a persona non-grata due to his controversial citizenship status.
In a press statement issued in Monrovia, SUP called for his immediate dismissal from the LACC amidst his identity crisis, and un-qualification to lead the integrity institution.
In its statement SUP said, “We call for the immediate, expeditious and unconditional dismissal of the fraudster, imposter and simple thieve Cllr. A. Ndubusi Nwabudike who is the Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-corruption Commission (LACC) of the Republic of Liberia.”
According to reports, few months ago, Ndubusi Nwabudike who is believed to be a Nigerian national came under severe scrutiny after he was appointed by President George Weah and later nominated to the Liberian Senate as the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia.
Reports indicate that while the Liberian Senate was conducting his confirmation, hearings it became apparent that Nwabudike presented many conflicting documents with different names and dates of births, along with Liberian passports, naturalization papers and other documents to prove his nationalization as a Liberian, clearly obtained under pretense.
The Progressive voices in recent times continues to chide President Weah for nominating a Non-Liberian and a foreigner to the position as Chairman of the National Elections Commission which has been termed as a gross and wanton violation of Chapter 2, section 2.3 of the New Elections Law of Liberia which prohibits Non-Liberian nationals from serving as Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission of the Republic of Liberia.
The Liberia National Bar Association, the umbrella organization for all professional lawyers practicing law in Liberia, also expelled Nwabudike in mid June of 2020 on grounds that he presented falsified and fraudulent documents to obtain his membership.
Over the years, Nwabudike benefited from high privileges given only to Liberian citizens at the Louise Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, for which he he is now being recommended for prosecution. These critical progressive voices in recent times also include Cllr. Jerome Verdier, Prof Alaric Tokpa and Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyah both of whom continue to call for good governance in Liberia against the CDC, and the Weah led government. It is this action from the progressive class that finally led to Nwabudike’s resignation.
Based on these reasons against Nwabudike by the progressives in Liberia, President George Manneh Weah was forced to accept the resignation of Ndubusi Nwabudike, on January 27. Nwabudike’s resignation took effect as of Friday, February 26, 2021. Nwabudike was appointed the LACC’s Chairperson in October 2019 having previously served as the Governance Commission’s Chairperson since 2018, before moving to the LACC, all this time blinding the Liberian people.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chairman of the LACC Mr. Kanio Bai Gbala, who is being eyed to succeed Mr. Nwabudike has been caught between the scissors of corruption. Gbala has been accused by the Executive Director of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, Attorney-At-Law, Mohammed Fahnbulleh of “double-dipping,” receiving LACC salaries from both the LACC and UNDP’s payrolls. Gbala has denied the allegations.
Main Photo: Progressive leader and Bar President Tiawon Saye Gongloe