Incoming ruling Unity Party has issued a notice of withdrawal informing the court that it is dropping its case seeking to remove Grand Kru Representative and newly inducted House Speaker Fonati Koffa.
‘Please take judicial notice and spread upon the records of this Honorable Court that petitioner in the above-entitled cause of action has on this day and date withdraw its petition for declaratory judgment with reservation,” UP lawyers Neto Zarzar Lighe and J. Cole Bangalu said in a petition to the Civil Law Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.
On Monday, Unity Party officials including President-elect Joseph Boakai told the court in a petition for Declaratory Judgment that they have a legislative agenda as incoming government and therefore does not want Koffa’s presence in the House of Representatives.
The party alleges Koffa holds a United States passport and that his American Identity renders him ineligible for elective office including Speaker of the House of Representatives.
On Jan 15, Koffa was voted Speaker of the House of Representatives defeating Unity Party lawmaker Richard Koon 36-31 despite the President-elect pleading to lawmakers to vote his party’s candidate. Lofa County Representative Thomas Fallah, also of the CDC, won the Deputy Speaker position.