The crisis in the Collaborating Political Parties looked far from over as Alexander B. Cummings, the political leader of the Alternative National Congress, walked out of a meeting of political leaders of the four collaborating political parties on Friday, September 10, 2021.
According to a statement from the ANC, signed by its Secretary General, Aloysius Toe, despite the ANC political leader’s best efforts to halt and reverse the repeated violations of the Framework Agreement by political leaders of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) today, the Head of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, was forced to walk out of a meeting of political leaders.
The release noted that the meeting was being carried out without an agenda, although Mr. Cummings had requested one.
The release continued by saying the political leader of the ANC, having failed in advising his colleagues to abandon their continued violations, was compelled to walk out of a meeting to continue the transgressions. This, according to them, is without prejudice to the continued membership of the ANC in the CPP. It was simply intended to clearly state that neither the ANC nor its political leader, or any organ to which it is a member in the CPP, will continue to be permitted to take actions in violation of any of the provisions of the Framework Agreement which binds the four parties.
The ANC is a constituent member-party of the CPP. The others include the Unity Party (UP), the Liberty Party (LP), and the All Liberian Party (ALP).
The statement also mentioned that the political leaders of the CPP have recently engaged in the usurption of the functions of the various organs and functionaries of the CPP in violation of the Framework Agreement, stating that no such power is reserved in the Framework Agreement for the reported actions of the political leaders, especially its repeated actions to usurp the function and authority of the National Advisory Committee (NAC), the National Executive Committee (NEC), and the CPP Secretariat.
Meanwhile, the ANC statement also noted that through its political leader, and after a review of the legal implications of the continued actions of the political leaders of the CPP, the ANC has sought to call attention to these transgressions of the Framework Agreement, and to urge political leaders to self-correct and abide by the constitution of the CPP. The internal efforts of the Political Leader of the ANC to get his colleagues to self-correct and reverse course is unsuccessful. Today, again, the political leaders sought to proceed to implement a “decision” illegally reached by them, without any color of authority in the Framework Agreement to do so.