Alexander Cummings, Political Leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), has termed a court order calling for his arrest as baseless and unfounded, as prayed for by the All Liberian Party (ALP). As contained in the court order, Cummings is facing charges of forgery and criminal facilitation.
But in his response via a BBC interview, Cummings pointed fingers at his rival Benoni Urey, ALP Political Leader, who he believes is perhaps being used by the Government of Liberia because a united opposition makes it more difficult for President George Weah to replace himself.
Cummings then questioned the motive of the ALP, which used to be a constituent party of the embattled Collaborating Political Parties) until its recent pronouncement of departure.
According to the ANC Political Leader, although the ALP has its right to quit the CPP, he doesn’t understand the basis for the allegations levied against him, thus terming the court action as being political.
Cummings, however, indicated that the ALP’s court action will not deter him as he remains determined in the process to unseat incumbent President Weah come the 2023 election.
The ANC Political Leader indicated that he is determined to run the political course to make his case to the Liberian people to make President Weah a one-term President of Liberia.
Cummings went on to state that the charges against him are completely untrue as he did not conspire or alter the framework document.
He clarified that the document was reviewed and approved by all political parties, for which the allegations against are completely unfounded.
As the 2023 electoral process is around 18 months ahead, Cummings is with the view that the court action is intended to discredit him as far as the allegations being made are concerned.
Cummings: “So why would I alter or change a document that equally affects me as it does everybody else? This is why this is baseless, it is political – but, when we actually receive the writ, as a legal law-abiding citizen, we will make ourselves available to whatever the processes are per our lawyers’ recommendation.”
Meanwhile, Cummings allayed fears that the ALP’s lawsuit points to a fractured opposition to the advantage of President Weah winning in 2023.
What the court action means to Cummings is that that one of the constituent parties in the CPP has decided to leave and is attempting to fracture the CPP. Yet, he added that there are other political parties and actors that are determined to build a coalition that likely would not include the ALP to take on President Weah.
Cummings expressed optimism that based on President Weah’s performance and a viable alternative, the Liberian people will make him a one-term President.
It can be recalled that the Monrovia City Court by and through Judge Jomah Jallah on January 3, 2022 issued a court order for arrest of Cummings.
“You are hereby commanded to arrest the living bodies of Alexander B. Cummings and others to be identified, defendants and forthwith bring them before the Monrovia City Magisterial Court Temple of Justice to answer to the crime of Forgery and Criminal Conspiracy based upon the oath and complaint of the Republic of Liberia by and thru All Liberian Party by and thru its National Chairman, Theodore Momo, the plaintiff in which it is substantially alleged as follows wit,” the writ states.
The ALP, in the writ, is accusing Cummings of being in violation of section 15.70 of the New Penal Law of Liberia.
It says the ANC Political Leader purposely connived, conspired and jointly did alter the framework documents of the four-party CPP, which has as its constituent member parties the immediate former ruling Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP), All Liberian Party (ALP), and the Alternative National Congress (ANC).
The ALP, in the court document, also accuses Cummings of purposely conniving, conspiring, and jointly altering the CPP’s framework documents.
The ALP says Cummings deceived the private prosecutor and the public regarding the content and averments of the document specifically the period a party may exit from the CPP, which the ALP says was unresolved, but that Cummings and his accomplices out of deception, surreptitiously altered same, thereby making it to appear that the party has formally resolved that issue and others appertaining thereto.
The court action was taken by ALP after its action of December 30, 2021 to withdrawal from the CPP.
ALP said its withdrawal from the CPP was predicated upon a comprehensive review of the party’s participation in the CPP, the uncertainties about the political future of the collaboration, the lack of strong will to implement the findings of the CPP FA Investigative Committee’s findings of the alterations of the CPP’s Framework Agreement, among other issues.