Rep Jimmy Smith warns Mayor Koijee from making inflammatory comments against him
PAYNESVILLE – Montserrado County District #2 Jimmy Smith has warned Mayor Jefferson Koijee from making unhealthy statements towards him.
Recently, Mayor Koijee who chairs the 2023 Primary committee of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) termed Rep. Smith’s decision to suspend his membership from the CDC as an act of ungratefulness. Koijee claimed it was the CDC’s plurality that helped Rep. Smith to be elected in 2017, and now he was “biting the hands that fed him” by leaving the party after his resounding defeat in the primary.
But reacting to Mayor Koijee, Rep. Smith said he was not informed of any primary by the committee, and as such he did not sign up to it.
He noted that his name entered the process by default, describing Mayor Koijee and his committee members’ action as a witch-hunt.
Speaking further, the Montserrado District #2 lawmaker described Mayor Koijee and his committee members’ decision as a no surprise because Koijee has threatened him and Representative Tibelrosa Tarponweh (District #2, Margibi County) that he will deal with them politically.
At the same time, Representative Smith has rubbished speculations that he has not been in good standing or supportive of the CDC since his election.
According to him, he has regularly paid his due, nothing that he has never been a liability.
He warned Koijee to stop taking on a fight that he cannot sustain, adding that he will remain civil on the decision he has taken by suspending his membership with the ruling party.
It can be recalled that Rep. Smith was among several members of the 54th Legislature that pledged their support to the re-election bid of President George Weah.
Reports are now emerging that these lawmakers were promised to be fully supported by the ruling party during the elections, and one of the supports is to be allowed to run on the party’s ticket without going through primaries.
The party has not responded to these claims.