By: Sylvester Choloplay
Liberia: Ahead of the October 2023 General and Presidential October Elections, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has accepted six (6) new political parties to its Coalition to ensure President George Weah’s one-round victory.
The six political parties include the People’s Liberation Party (PLP) of the late Dr. Daniel E. Cassell, the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), the Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD), United People’s Party (UPP), Redemption Democratic Congress (RDC) and Change Democratic Action (CDA).
The following executive members of the mentioned parties signed on behalf of their parties, Prince Varney – National Chairman of the ULD, Susannah Lorpu Mator-Seton – National Chairperson of the UPP, Rev. Victor S. N. Saylee, Sr – National Chairman of the RDC, Rev. Augustine N. Nimely – National Chairman of the CDA, Bernard Benson – National Chairman of the PLP and Robert M. Sammie – National Chairman of MOVEE.
The joint statement of these political parties joining the CDC was submitted by Tarpleh E. Doe, political leader of the PLP, to the national Chair of the CDC, Mulbah K. Morlu.
Speaking at the cross-over ceremony at the headquarters of the People’s Liberation Party in Congo Town, Monrovia, on Saturday, March 11, 2023 , Mr. Tarpleh assured CDC’s Chairman Mulbah Morlu the six political parities’ fullest support to the standard bearer and President of Liberia, Dr. George Weah’s second term bid in October of this year.
Accepting the joint statement of the six political parties, the National Chairman of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Mulbah K. Morlu, disclosed that the coalition’s ultimate goal is to insure the re-election of President George Weah’s second term presidency in October 2023.
“We are 75% sure of winning a one-round victory in this year’s October Elections and we looking forward to having fifteen (15) political parties within the CDC Coalition”, CDC National Chairman, Mulbah Morlu, tells supporters and partisans at the cross-over of the six political parties to the Coalition for Democratic Change, making it to a grand coalition of nine (9) political parties within the CDC.
While welcoming the new parties, Morlu told hundreds of CDC’s supporters at the cross-over ceremony that the Coalition has resolved to win the October elections without any form of worries or doubts because the coalition has millions of supporters and partisans who are willing to make President Weah’s presidency a second term bid.
“As the standard-bearer and political leader, President Weah wants to give a heartfelt welcome to each and every one of you here today and extend his personal congratulations to all of you for conducting yourselves in a mature, peaceful, and orderly manner that has become characteristics of this great party and its partisans,” Morlu told a crowd of CDcians as they applaud thunderously.
Morlu also announced that the PLP’s headquarters has been declared officially as the National Headquarters for campaign activities of the Coalition for Democratic Change.
Meanwhile, making his statement at the ceremony, the Mayor of the Monrovia City Corporation and National Secretary General of the Coalition for Democratic Change, Mayor Jefferson Koijee, assured the new comers and Liberians the continuity of CDC’s peaceful engagement during the Presidential and General Elections.
Mayor Koijee emphasized that the peaceful manner in which CDcians have conducted themselves over the years has contributed immensely to the survivability of the party for years while they were in the opposition which, according to him, paved their way to State Power through a democratic presidential election in 2017.
“We have come a very long way, fellow partisans, we fought many battles, some of them unforeseen and unexpected but we fought peacefully through the ballots and never through violence or bullets. We were tried and tested but through perseverance, through persistence and with the courage of our conviction we eventually succeeded and we will succeed again. As it is often said that what God has for you will always see your face,” Koijee informed partisans and supporters at the ceremony.