In its formal complaint dated Friday, March 27, 2020 and addressed to Senator J. Milton Teahjay, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Autonomous Agencies and Commissions, the Liberian Senate, the ANC asserted that the nomination of Cllr. Nwabudike as Chairman of NEC is in violation of Elections Law of Liberia, amended 2003 and 2004 and published 2011, which requires for “the commissioners of NEC to be Liberian citizens ONLY and not be less than thirty-five (35) years of age.
The ANC submitted that in the meaning of the Elections Law of Liberia, Cllr. Nwabudike is not eligible to serve as a commissioner and/or Chairman of NEC on account that Cllr. Nwabudike is a citizen of Nigeria by birth pursuant to Section 25 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, which makes “every person born in Nigeria before or after the date of independence and every person born outside Nigeria either of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria” a “citizen by birth”.
The ANC pointed out that Cllr. Nwabudike has not renounced his Nigerian citizenship by making a declaration in keeping with the prescribed manner for the renunciation of his citizenship under the Nigerian law (Section 29 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria).
Among other things, the petitioner added that that in order for Cllr. Nwabudike’s Nigerian Citizenship to have ended, he was required to “make a declaration in the prescribed manner for the renunciation” (Section 29(1) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
For Mr. Floyd Sayor, the opposition party wants him be rejected because he, Mr. Sayor, has shown lack of integrity, good character and judgment during his time at the NEC.
According to the ANC, the lack of the required qualifications, poor character and judgment, of Cllr. Nwabudike and Mr. Sayor, they are unfit to hold the positions as Chairman and Commissioner of the NEC respectively and this Honorable Committee must reject their nominations. See page 8 for the full text of the ANC’s complaint as addressed to Senator J. Milton Teahjay, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Autonomous Agencies and Commissions, the Liberian Senate.