House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Sr., says he would neither recuse himself nor resign under an ‘induced and influenced scheme or resolution from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.’ Speaker Tyler said he would uphold, maintain and protect the sacred doctrine of separation of powers as enshrined in the Liberian Constitution, including maintaining the independence of the Legislature.
In a press conference in his office yesterday on the House’s second floor, the Speaker said: “My refusal to recuse or resign is meant to set a precedent in the Legislature over the Executive’s continuous political diabolical ploy by inducing or influencing lawmakers against their leaders.” In an unyielding tone, the Speaker said he would continuously and constitutionally remain the Speaker until he is duly removed.
The Speaker told scores of journalists that even if Justice-in-Chambers, Jamesetta Wolokollie, as per his petition, delays to prohibit, enjoin and restrain the so-called and renegade lawmakers from pursuing illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and irregular procedural method and process to remove him, there will be parallel sessions. He however expressed his explicit confidence in the Judicial System, hoping that his petition for Prohibition would be addressed speedily as in the case with Montserrado County District # 6 Representatives Edwin M. Snowe, when he petitioned the (same) Justice-in-Chambers Jamesetta Wolokollie against a day’s quorum constituting a monthly quorum.
It may be recalled that in June, the Speaker accused President Sirleaf of blackmail, financial inducement and other dictatorial and undemocratic schemes to unseat him. The Speaker indicated that despite all the intrigues, persecution, intimidation and witch hunt and character assassinations, there were possible threats to his life.
In an unrelenting tone, the Speaker also accused the President of being the chief architect of the Global Witness Report to fight against corruption and to unconstitutionally exercise control over the House of Representatives and the Legislature. The Speaker further said the President is using surrogates, firstly by calling for his recusal on what they termed moral grounds, which he rejected as an illegal and unfounded call. He said that it is not moral or legal to punish an innocent person, for the constitution is clear that an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of competent jurisdiction. Speaker Tyler’s claims were rejected and condemned by President Sirleaf’s office.