MONROVIA-July 14-Embattled Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), a Nigerian by birth has denied reports of his resignation from the commission as its head.
It was speculated over the weekend that Cllr. Ndubusi Nwabudike has resigned from his post as chairman of the LACC due to pressure from several groups.
“We heard that he resigned because he wants to remain in good book with the president. He does not want to make the president unpopular among his electorates. So, the best thing for him was to resign,” the source said.
When contacted, Cllr. Nwabudike, he told this paper that he was driving and could not speak to long on phone: “there is nothing like that yea.” When asked further, he said, he could not speak any further because he was behind the steering.
Cllr. Nwabudike came in conflict with the law during his confirmation hearing at the Liberian Senate after being nominated by President George Weah as Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC).
It was discovered that Cllr. Nwabudike, a Nigerian has conflicting nationality issues after claiming to be a Liberian by naturalization, but couldn’t authenticate documentations.
It can also be recalled on June 19, 2020, the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) expelled him for holding ‘fake Liberian citizenship.’
After his expulsion, his legal team challenged the decision of the LNBA and went to the Supreme Court to reverse the action. The Supreme Court is yet to rule.
Liberians including Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon have been calling on President Weah to remove Nwabudike from his current post as Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), a position according to the Act that created the entity is reserved only for qualified Liberians.
When contacted Information minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe for conformation he responded via WhatsApp platform; “I am not aware of that. Will inquire and get back to you.”
Later, he responded: “I am not aware.”
Some Liberians think it would be nice if he resigned. “I think, if that story is correct, then, we need to thank him for such a step. A wise man changes. We hope that speculation is true,” Anderson S. Davies, a student of political science at the University of Liberia told this paper.
“Maybe is true. Where there is smoke, there is fire. I hope so,” William T. Kollie, a business man in central Monrovia said. TNR