Controversy Arises as Margibi County Elders Accused of Accepting Money to Designate Former Minister as Godfather

Certain individuals residing in Margibi County have made accusations against the county’s elders, claiming that they have accepted a sum of L$50,000 each to designate the former Minister of State, Nathaniel McGill, as the political and traditional godfather of the county.

These allegations arose shortly after Mr. McGill received a nomination from the citizens to run for the senatorial seat in Margibi County on the Coalition for Democratic Change ticket in the upcoming October 10, 2023 elections.

On Sunday, July 29, 2023, a number of elders and chiefs from Margibi, including four paramount chiefs and clan chiefs, officially declared the former Minister as the political and traditional godfather of the county. This proclamation has raised concerns among several citizens in the area.

The ceremony designating the US-sanctioned former Minister took place in District #5 of Margibi County, igniting a heated debate over who truly deserves the title between Mr. McGill and Senator James Emmanuel Nuquay.

The citizens have emphasized that having two godfathers in the county is contradictory and believe that this decision has the potential to cause significant political division among the county’s citizens and leaders.

In response to these developments, the citizens have urged the elders and chiefs responsible for naming the US-sanctioned former Minister of State to retract their recent actions in the county.

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