NDC Takes Jerome G. Korkoya To Court


A Press Release Issued by NDC on June 5, 2017


The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
June 13, 2017

                  



In furtherance of its resolve to remove Jerome George Korkoya as Chairman of the National Election Commission due to his illegal and dubious citizenship status, the National Democratic Coalition (NDC) and other collaborating parties have finally dragged the NEC criminal suspect to court. We have prima facie evidence that the current Chairman of NEC is an American, not a Liberian citizen. Dual citizenship is illegal and is criminal in Liberia. He lied under oath to be confirmed by the Liberian Senate as Chairman of NEC. As a foreign citizen serving as the Chair of NEC, Korkoya has also violated the much talked about Code of Conduct, which he promises to enforce to the letter.  These, among other violations, make Korkoya a criminal suspect.

The NDC would like to inform the public that its fight against the illegal and criminal dual   citizenship   status   of   the   man   presiding   over   Liberia’s   National   Election Commission is not a fight against dual citizenship in principle.  In the opinion of the NDC, in this 21st  Century, when hundreds of thousands of natural born Liberians and their children have been forced to become citizens in foreign countries due to the Liberian civil war and other humiliating conditions at home in Liberia, we cannot allow such Liberians from losing the citizenship of their heritage simply because of the newly earned foreign citizenships of foreign countries.  The two citizenships, Liberian and foreign, will legally have to co-exist simultaneously in the near future of Liberia when genuine patriotic Liberians take over the leadership of Liberia.  However, until the old and primitive laws on the books are changed, individuals like Jerome George Korkoya and their likes, who criminally ascribe to dual citizenship for the purpose of criminalizing our democracy and for the promotion of selfish partisan ideologies of the minority elitist class interests, we shall fight illegal dual citizenship to the dead end. This is our position.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had twelve years to reform the legal system and other sectors of Liberia to the core, including the national economy; she blatantly failed to do so because her priorities were in other directions – plunder and self-enrichment.  Yet she is keeping Korjoya in such a key public position in gross violation of the Liberian Constitution that she took oath to uphold, while flagrantly failing to defend and uphold the rule of law.

As Korkoya has been dragged to court, the legal team of the NDC has filed a petition at the Six Judicial Civil Law Court of Montserrado County for Declaratory Judgment on the citizenship of defendant Korkoya.  The NDC legal team comprises some of Liberia’s finest and reputable legal minds, including Cllrs. J. Leveli Supuwood (former Minister of Justice and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court); Leveli Koboi Johnson (former Minister of Justice); and Tiawon S. Gonglo (former Solicitor General of Liberia and foremost human rights lawyer of our times).

 

In a related development, while combining its legal struggle with advanced political actions, the NDC has formally written several world leaders, including, the Secretary of State of the US State Department, the Secretary-General of the United Nations Security Council, the Presidents of ECOWAS and the AU respectively, calling their respective attention to the current Korkoya issue because of its proclivity to invite conflict at this juncture of critical transition in Liberia.  This is the country in which, the NDC further emphasized that the international community has invested billions of US Dollars for the restoration of normalcy and stability. Two immediate previous successive elections of the country were smooth and they are evidences that Liberians prefer transparent and fair democratic elections as the singular route to transfer power from one leader to the other.

The NDC’s letters to the US Secretary of State, UN Security Council Secretary General, as well as the ECOWAS and AU Presidents, respectively, further highlighted that the NDC’s  move  to  unprecedentedly  write  these  world  leaders  “constitutes  an  early warning signal” about the situation in Liberia in relations to the 2017 General and Presidential Elections.

“As a major stakeholder that fought for the attainment of peace in Liberia, including signing the 2003 CPA, the NDC is under moral and political obligations to scrupulously defend the peace”, the letters further emphasized. See full texts of letters attached.

Earlier in April this year, the NDC wrote President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and urged her to remove Cllr. Jerome George Korkoyah’s from the Chairmanship of the National Elections Commission (NEC) with immediate effect and have him turned over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution. The NDC called on the President for Cllr. Korkoya immediate dismissal as Chairman of the NEC, comes in the wake of the discovery of Cllr.  Korkoyah’s  dual  Nationalities,  which  constitute  criminal  offence  and  loss  of Liberian citizenship under the Laws of Liberia. The President failed to heed to the NDC
and other rights groups’ call.

The NDC disclosed to President Sirleaf that Chairman Korkoya is an American citizen and holds an American passport issued on March 18, 2010, with the expiration date of March 17, 2020. His US passport bears the number: 4670780024. While in possession of an American Passport as American citizen, Cllr. Korkoya simultaneously and criminally acquired a Liberian ECOWAS Diplomatic passport. The NDC attached to its letter dated

17th April 2017, to President Sirleaf, a Photostatic copy of the said expired passport. The NDC further pointed out that Cllr. Korkoya fraudulently used his Liberian ECOWAS Diplomatic passport in transit countries between the United States and Liberia. The NDC  is  of  the  strong  opinion  that  Cllr.  Korkoya  is  in  possession of  his  Renewed Liberian ECOWAS Diplomatic passport that he is currently using to travel given the date of expiration (2015) of his old Liberian passport.

When other Liberians choose to collaborate with a president that shows gross disrespect for the Liberian people and the organic law of the land, the NDC will act differently.  It is time in the remaining few months to show to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that Liberia is not a farm of any individual, and no one shall be allowed to treat the country act as such. Enough is enough!

 

Liberia First!

BY AUTHORITY OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Signed: Ciapha S. Gbollie, Acting Chair

Sylvester Gbayahforh Moses
The calculated indifference of EJS underscores her continuous condescending attitude to the concerns of citizens, especially the powerless marginalized vast majority.

For, most likely, if the NEC Chairman is a dual citizen he told her yet she went ahead, anyway, and nominated him. A case in point was the nomination of Dr. Davis - Russell as Minister of Education. But the then Tubman University president demonstrated prudence by informing the Senate of her dual citizenship status, and that’s how her name was withdrawn. Without an iota of doubt, she apprised EJS of the problem too, nonetheless, our Iron Lady dropped it on the lap of the Senate never mind its unconstitutionality.

Obviously, this isn’t the first time the constitution has been seconded to expediency under the enlightened leadership of our “most schooled” president.

So it beats the bitters that some seem shocked by the arrogant aloofness of a leader of an evolving democracy who exhibits all the attributes of an authoritarian since she was “elected”. Although by spreading the national jam to our brightest and best, she coopted many, the deafening silence or muffled criticisms of those not compromised enabled a war – monger to dangerously widen divisions in a postwar country. For some were aware of her penchant for divide and rule wedge issues, hence ought to have known that she would use the dual citizenship controversy to pit the NDC against a vocal Diaspora. And, unsurprisingly, EJS never seriously championed it after ten years in office.

Of course, like all failed authoritarian leaders, she craves conflicts and crises to cover – up those intractable personal vulnerabilities which led to the failure.

The question is, what happened? After all, “Liberia isn’t poor, it is poorly run”; or was that line fetched from a reservoir of rhythmic rhetoric? Mind you, she was supposedly the philosopher king, but all she will bequeath the nation are woes and uncertainty. We want to thank the NDC for reaching out to the Diaspora on this issue. Dual Citizenship is inevitable. Thus those militating against it based on reasons other than the constitution are rowing toward a tsunami: quixotic.

Sylvester Gbayahforh Moses at 01:26PM, 2017/06/17.
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