October 9, 2015 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Chairman and Leader of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, has told journalists that erstwhile secretary general David Gbla “is a professional liar” and didn’t understand the party’s constitution.
Mr. Mansaray was reacting to a letter written by Gbla to the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) in which he claimed the ADP leader is the sole signatory to the party’s account, takes critical decisions on behalf of the party without the knowledge of the secretariat, and has not been accountable as to the use of funds donated by diaspora party members, thus calling on him to resign.
Responding to Gbla, who was dismissed from the ADP last week, Mansaray described his former secretary general as “a professional lair” who does not understand the party’s constitution, adding that the account in question was opened prior to the registration of the party in July 2015.
“The account Gbla is referring to was opened before PPRC certified us in July 2015, and besides, most of the monies that are donated by the diaspora are meant to finance my presidential bid and not to the party directly. The account number 1004012174712 was opened at the Ecobank before this party was registered,” insisted the ADP leader.
He said the party’s constitution mandates only the national treasurer and the leader of the party to serve as signatories to the party’s bank account.
“I took Gbla from the street and had groomed him up, now he is calling on my resignation. It is bizarre. But I don’t blame him because he doesn’t have any concept on our constitution,” he maintained.
This saga in the new party emanated when Gbla wrote a counter letter to the Inspector General of Police dissociating himself from a planned peaceful protest the ADP leadership had sought clearance from the police for.
The police subsequently refused to grant the ADP clearance to demonstrate against the Supreme Court ruling that President Koroma was right to sack his vice president, pursuant to his “supreme executive authority”.
Meanwhile, the party has since appointed Madam Isata Abdulai Kamara as its new interim secretary general.