-Senator Nagbe Asserts
By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
Sinoe County Senator, Cllr. Joseph Nagbe says he would resign as Senator of his county if he is nominated by President George Weah to replace soon to be retired Associate Justice Philip Banks of the Supreme Court bench.
Sen. Joseph N. Nagbe
There has been rumors in some quarters and streets corner that President George Weah is likely to appoint Sinoe County Senator, Cllr. Joseph Nagbe to replace Associate Justice, Philip Banks upon his retirement in June of this year.
Senator Nagbe said while he cannot verify whether or not he could be named by the Liberian leader, but clearly stated that he has no intension of turning down the would be offered by President Weah.
“I will resign if I am named by the President to go to the Supreme Court. Do you want me to refused the President’s offer, who am I to do such thing,” Senator Nagbe said.
The Sinoe County Senator indicated that he is qualified enough to be named to such position, thus, he has all it takes to serve on the Supreme Court bench of the Republic of Liberia.
Senator Nagbe who has earlier announced his intension not to contest in future elections in the country stated that talks are underway to find his perfect replacement in the Liberian Senate.
It can be recalled that earlier this year a member of the Supreme Court bench, Associate Justice Philip Banks announced his impending retirement from the bench in keeping with the Constitution of Liberia.
Article 72 (b) of the Liberian constitution states among other things that ‘The Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court and judges of subordinate courts of record shall be retired at the age of seventy.’
According to Associate Justice Banks, he would turn seventy (70) years old by June of this year, thereby rendering to be of retirement age according to the constitution.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has begun the vetting process of individuals to replace Associate Justice Philip Banks upon his retirement, thus, there are fifty (50) applicants for the position.