The fight for power engulfed the Grand Bassa chapter of the newly formed People’s Liberation Party with the appointment of Morris Johnson has been rejected by self-proclaimed Chairman Peddie Russ.
Mr. Peddie Russ has served the party as Acting Chairman for over 8 months.
On September 8, 2021, the PLP’s Acting National Chairman, Mr. Tapple Doe, appointed Mr. Morris Johnson as Acting Party Chairman for Grand Bassa County.
But the Embattled Acting Chairman of the Party Grand Bassa Chapter, Mr. Peddie Russ, says the party is in a serious leadership crisis and as such, he cannot honor such appointment.
“I am still the party Chairman in Bassa, even though Mr. Doe has named Morris Johnson Chairman,” he said.
According to Mr. Russ, the decision of the General Policy Commission, which is the highest decision making body of the PLP, to allegedly remove about nine county chairpersons, including him, from their various offices across Liberia, violates the constitution that governs the political institution.
“I consider the decision of the party’s acting national Chairman, Tapple Doe, to be disrespectful to me,” Russ added.
Mr. Russ, who served the chairmanship position in the County for nearly eight months, mentioned that the nine local chairpersons were removed along with the former acting Chairman Mr. Wilmot Paye and a few others from various leadership positions within the party without a concrete reason.
“I believe that with the current events in our party across Liberia, if not managed carefully, this could affect the political quest of the PLP, he noted.