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-As His Team Makes Headways In G/Kru

Cllr. Fornati Koffa’s bid for the Grand Kru County District #2 representative slot has gained more momentum and steam as political heavyweights in the county are flocking to his campaign team.

Citizens were shocked with less than 35 days to the poll on October 10 when two staunch members of the Unity Party in persons of Sunday Toogbabu and Boryonnoh Tarpleh crossed over to his (Koffa) Camp in Barclayville City, Grand Kru County.
Madam Tarpeh was the Women Wing Chairlady of NAMBO, a support group for VP Joseph Boakai presidential bid while Madam Toogbabu also served as Coordinator of the Friends of Representative Numene T. H. Bartekwa who is running on the ticket of the Unity Party (UP).
They said the decision was a result of their convictions that Cllr. Koffa is the rightful man for the seat who can champion the cause of the District and the county at the National Legislature.
During the course of last week, Cllr. Koffa toured several parts of the County receiving endorsements from citizens in Buah, Dorbor and Barclayville. In his home town of Sasstown it seems a done deal and a no go zone for his opponents as he was told he got their support already.
However, quiet recently, Jerry T. Donyen, former Development Superintendent for Buah Statutory District has been campaigning against the candidature of Cllr. Koffa, claiming he is an official of government who did not resign his post prior to being certificated by the NEC.
He also questioned Cllr. Koffa’s status as a citizen of Grand Kru and called on NEC to revoke his accreditation but citizens of the County have debunked his action and termed him an inconsistent character.
Also, citizens questioned Mr. Doyen’s action and wondered what has come over him when in fact Cllr. Koffa has been working in the county since 2005.
It is alleged Doyen’s action is due to frustration as he his request to join Cllr. Koffa team was turned down.
“Donyen after campaigning for Rep. Bartekwa upon the certification of Cllr. Koffa by NEC wanted to cross over to Cllr. Koffa’s campaign team called ‘Team JFK’ in Grand Kru County but knowing the kind of man he is, he was turned down by Cllr. Koffa,” a citizen said.
Current Buah Citizens United for Peace in Liberia Chairman, Isaac Jumudeh Weah, told journalists that Donyen was acting like a ‘political prostitute’ at the level of Grand Kru politics, especially District 2.
“We the peaceful citizens of Buah where Donyen hails strongly challenge any one to undermine the peace we built over the years among our people. Donyen is on records supporting Cllr. Koffa in 2011; where he is coming from with the new thing that Cllr. Koffa is strange in the county,” Chairman Weah said.
Weah argued that Donyen’s statement is a result of frustration as he is now afraid that Cllr. Koffa is being received as a son of the County and that his assistance goes across all borders.
Weah alleged that Donyen, then Development Superintendent, performed poorly in the post and was booted out for alleged acts of corruption.
He claimed Doyen secretly deducted local Internal Affairs employees’ salaries in the county.
“Donyen and Koffa, which of them should be described as stranger when Cllr. Koffa built one of the beautiful upstairs buildings in Grand Kru County where he lives and he Donyen who does not even have a mud house in the county,” he wondered.
Doyen recently complained Cllr. Koffa to the NEC for allegedly violating the code of conduct as he did not resign his post as Minister of State Without Portfolio and Head of the Presidential Taskforce on the Sable Mining Corruption Saga.

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