MONROVIA: Over the last few weeks, Grand Kru Representative, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa seems to have gotten enough support, strongly indicating that he would be resoundingly elected as Speaker of Liberia’s House of Representatives.
Due to Koffa’s high-level lobbying with incoming members of the Lower House of Liberia’s bicameral Legislature in recent times, keen legislative observers and other commentators are of the strong view that the United States (US), trained lawyer is now on the verge of winning the highly influential and powerful House Speaker portfolio.
According to observers, Koffa’s leadership acumen, wealth of experience and foresight, backed by the unqualified (unreserved) support he currently enjoys from his constituency, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), he is by far ahead of attracting more votes than his rivals including Musa Hassan Bility, Nimba County District#7 Representative-elect; Richard Nagbe Koon, re-elected Representative of Montserrado County District#11, who is also member of the Unity Party (UP).
Currently, Koffa comfortably controls the majority (45 Representatives) while Bility and Koon are said to be struggling to win the hearts and minds of the rest of the 27 incoming-Lawmakers.
Support of Representative Koffa ahead of the speaker’s election in January 2024 quickly devolved into a laundry list of experienced and respected legislators who are determined to help him smoothly address the complex legislative issues facing the nation.
In their Resolution of support to the seasoned Liberian legal scholar, they asserted that Koffa who is the current Deputy Speaker clearly has what it takes to lead the House of Representatives to maintain order, facilitate deliberation and promote bipartisan collaboration.
They affirmed: “We, the undersigned hereby resolved to affirm Representative Koffa’s experience and expertise in parliamentary procedures, demonstrated through his leadership positions, legislative accomplishments, or successful management of the Deputy Speaker Portfolio and his legal understanding.”
Reading the Resolution to declare Koffa as speaker of the 55th Legislature, the lawmakers made it loud and clear that the Deputy speaker is a man of integrity and goodwill.
The Resolution emphasized the necessity of a well-connected individual with a proven track record of fairness, integrity and effectiveness in leading the National Legislative process and commitment to upholding the Constitution of the Nation and serving the best interest of the Liberian people.
The historic Resolution was inked on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.
The lawmakers also expressed explicit confidence and trust in Representative Koffa’s ability to effectively communicate and advocate for the best interest of the Liberia people and House of Representatives.
They are from Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Lofa, River Cess, Maryland, Margibi, Nimba, Sinoe and River Gee counties.
Koffa’s Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) secured 27 seats in lower House in the October 10, 2023 Polls, followed by Independent 18 and Unity Party 10 and rest are for eight opposition parties.
With the wave of support pouring in, Legislative scholars say Koffa, by all accounts, has secured a landslide victory to become Liberia’s next Speaker in the 55th National Legislature.
Recently, Representative Jonathan Fonati Koffa of Grand Kru County, the current Deputy Speaker was nominated by the CDC to be their next speaker in the House.
After extensive internal conversation, Cllr. Koffa defeated Representative Thomas Fallah of Lofa County, a ranking member of the House of Representatives and an ally of President George Manneh Weah who had decided earlier to seek the party’s nomination.