Opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) says ruling Unity Party (UP's) recent call for the resignation of National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya is an 'unnecessary bluff' and a clear indication of fear factor ahead of the 26 December presidential run-off between the two parties.
The CDC told reporters at its headquarters in Monrovia during a press conference Wednesday, 13 December that the UP statement shows the weakness of the party as the country gears up for a crucial election.
CDC National Youth Wing Chairman Jefferson Koijii says the CDC is adequately prepared to battle the UP at the ballot box and nothing will stop a massive defeat that awaits the ruling party.
According to him, politics is about competition, but observes that UP's recent action going to court despite being qualified for the runoff, and the ruling party's call for Mr. Korkoya's resignation, are just scare tactics.
The CDC claims that the UP is totally out of idea. Mr. Koijii notes that in the past 12 years, the CDC has remained in the opposition community and it is now time for the Liberian people who made the UP the ruling party to make the CDC a ruling establishment.
He claims that the desire of the Liberian people will not be delayed nor denied as allegedly anticipated by UP partisans. “Our friends on the other [side] of the political divide are out of ideas and [the] only thing they are calling for is the resignation of Chairman Korkoya. Their delay will not change the minds of the Liberian people," Mr. Koijii says.
He adds that CDCians have decided and concluded about bringing change to the country through the ballot box, vowing that nothing can change it. He welcomes the decision of the NEC on scheduling the runoff election to 26 December.
He urges CDCians and supporters of Sen. George Manneh Weah to remain calm and turnout on the day of voting to make the change that Liberians have long waited for.
Mr. Weah and UP's candidate Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai are due to meet at the runoff polls a day of Christmas, on 26 December for voters to decide who becomes Liberia's next president after incumbent President Ellen Johnson - Sirleaf.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor--Edited by Winston W. Parley