Having served as Chairman of the Governance Commission(GC) and Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Nwabudike was poised to become chairman of the National Elections Commission before an incisive confirmation proceeding at the Senate revealed discrepancies in his date of birth and raised questions about the legality of his naturalization papers. Following that eventful process, Cllr. Nwabudike was investigated by the Liberia National Bar Association(LNBA) and subsequently expelled on charges of fraud and impersonation among others.
But what has clearly stood out through all these trials has been the unflinching support of the CDC-led government although supporting Cllr. Nwabudike meant the undermining of internal support of the party and the denting of the government's anti-corruption image. However, all that will soon be water under the bridge as Cllr. Nwabudike will leave the LACC on February 26, having bowed to pressure from political parties, civil society organizations and integrity institutions. Despite the mammoth support shown by the CDC-led government for Cllr. Nwabudike, it appears the resigned LACC boss believes he was sacrificed by the government and now wants to embroil it in a last minute fiasco at the LACC in a bid to payback for his forced resignation.
LACC employees, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that Atty. Mohammed Fahnbulleh's press conference on 15 February, where he levied a litany of allegations against LACC vice chairman Cllr. Kanio Bai Gbala, which was held against all established protocols of the LACC, was approved and sanctioned by Cllr. Nwabudike. On his official Facebook page on 16 February, Atty. Fahnbulleh said: “The press conference held in my office was sponsored by the LACC.”
This certainly indicates that Cllr. Nwabudike had prior knowledge and approved the conference. LACC staff also disclosed that immediately after the ill-conceived press conference that has brought back negative reportage on the LACC, Cllr.
Nwabudike subsequently called a senior staff meeting in which all staff condemned the unprofessional actions of Atty. Fahnbulleh and requested Cllr. Nwabudike to take punitive action but Cllr. Nwabudike refused on grounds that "sleeping dogs should lie". Atty. Fahnbulleh has now accused the government of plotting to kill him.
“I came home yesterday [15 February] and my kids reported that two strange men, dressed in black, were at my house junction on two separate occasions. “Considering the recent past death of my professional anti-corruption practitioners, should anything happen to me or my kids, Cllr. Kanio Bai Gbala [and the government by extension], will be responsible!” said Atty. Fahnbulleh. Could it be that these allegations are all part of Cllr. Nwabudike’s plan to sink the government of President George Weah further because he was made to resign?
In addition to believing that he was finally betrayed by President Weah to resign, Cllr. Nwabudike is on record of boasting to LACC staff that he "spent all of his money behind the CDC" and that "he can’t be thrown out of government disgracefully by people who ate his money". Meanwhile, some keen observers of the current disorganization and bad press emanating from the LACC are gradually reaching the conclusion that this could be Cllr. Nwabudike’s diabolical way of repaying President Weah for his perceived abandonment.