VP Boakai's Office Rebuffs Newspaper ‘Speculative’ Story
MONROVIA, Jan 24 (LINA) -The Office of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has distanced itself from a story in the Thursday, January 23, 2014, Edition of the National Chronicle Newspaper headlined, "Will President Sirleaf Hand Power over to VP Boakai?"
In a press release issued here Thursday, the Vice President's Office said at no time have President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai reached any agreement for a premature handover of power.
The Office reaffirmed the Vice President's commitment to a transition only as contained in the Liberian Constitution.
Commenting on the story, the Media Relations Director of the Office of the Vice President, Mr. George Saah, described it as “completely baseless”, dismissing it as “a fabrication based on rumors, innuendoes, and falsehood.”
In the release the Vice President's Office clarified that: "At absolutely no time did anyone from the Chronicle contact the VP's Office, relative to the piles of speculations contained in the story."
The Media Relations Director categorized the assertion that the VP's Office staff may be focused on any so-called promises is “not only an outright lie, but an invention of the writer's imagination.”
He added that such “imaginary writing could be seen as driven by a warped motivation intended to serve someone else's hidden agenda.”
The Media Director then urged the media to act responsibly by allowing its agenda-setting role to guide the publishing of “stories that will help bolster the peace and strengthen our democracy, instead of undermining it.”
Director Saah assured the public that the Vice President remains focused on working with the President on the scrupulous implementation of Liberia's transformation agenda, fully devoted to evolving programs and policies that will positively impact the lives of the Liberia people.