Crisis In NPP Deepens

By Jefferson D. Tweh

The National Secretary General of the National Patriotic Party (NPP), Andrew Peter, has accused some lawmakers of obstructing activities of the Party and preventing the Party’s National Chairman, Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould from executing his duties.

Mr. Peter claimed that Representatives George S. Mulbah of Bong County and James Biney of Maryland County as well as the former Managing Director of the Robert International Airport, Mr. Randolph C. Cooper, hired the services of some ex-combatants to have them deployed at the NPP Headquarters in Congo Town to prevent Cllr. Gould from entering and conducting the affairs of the Party.

When contacted, Representatives Mulbah and Biney in separate statements denied the allegation and said that they will address the issues shortly.

At the same time, Mr. Peter has called on the Liberia National Police, and the United Nations Mission in Liberia to deploy some of their officers to the headquarters to protect the Party Chairman, from any form of danger.

A communication addressed to the Director of Police, a copy which is in the possession of this institution, said “The intelligence of the NPP has informed the office of the National Secretary General of NPP about a plan by Representative George S. Mulbah, James Biney and Mr. Randolph C. Cooper, Former Managing Director of Robert International Airport to recruit ex-combatants and deploy same at the National Headquarters of NPP to prevent the Party’s National Chairman, Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould from entering and conducting the affairs of the NPP.”

In the communication dated September 24, 2013, Mr. Peter explained that on Monday, September 23, 2013, at about 3:45 a.m., he and the Party’s National Vice Chairman for Finance and Investment, C. Neileh Daitouah went to the Headquarters and were shocked when they saw over 25 strong men, dressed in  ‘war-like’ form with Representative George Mulbah in their midst.

According to the communication, Representative Mulbah was seen communicating on his phone, following which he got onboard his jeep and drove off with the over 25 men. “Our intelligence followed them and reported to the Secretary General later that Representative Mulbah was heard giving instructions to the men that they should keep watch out for Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould and they should not allow him to enter the offices of the NPP and that they should use maximum force to stop him if he attempts to resist,” he added.

Mr. Peter said based on the information they have gathered and also the presence of Representative Mulbah and his men at the headquarters that night poses a threat to them and so the Police Director should provide security for the safety of the Party’s Chairman and other executives who have been targeted by these men.