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Boakai escapes defeat to Cummings

-ANC responds to UP’s withdrawal from CPP 

By Jonathan Browne

The Alternative National Congress (ANC) says former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai is not just withdrawing the Unity Party from the CPP, but he is running away from defeat to Mr. Alexander B. Cummings in a democratic CPP Primary.

Announcing his withdrawal from the CPP on Wednesday, February 16, 22 in Monrovia, Ambassador Boakai said all four constituent parties of the Collaboration are going their “Separate Ways, and God is in control.”

According to the CPP Chairman, his withdrawal from the CPP clearly signifies and indicates that the Collaboration has fallen and that they can no longer continue the journey of making the CDC-led government a one-term leadership.

But in a statement released on Thursday in Monrovia, the ANC asked if Mr. Boakai cannot successfully chair the CPP and keep it united and reconciled, as he promised he would, how can he lead Liberia to unity and reconciliation, further wondering if the former VP cannot withstand democratic challenges in the CPP, how can he withstand democratic challenges in Liberia?    

 The statement continues that since its formation, the CPP has had many issues which require astute and selfless characteristics in leadership, noting that under the chairmanship of Mr. Cummings, the CPP was faced with the issue of the Nimba Primary which threatened its existence, but the ANC Political Leader made the decision to save the CPP over his personal and party preference and interest.

“Similar decision”, it says was made with the 2019 Cape Mount bi-elections when the other parties reneged on the agreement for ANC to field a candidate.  

 It says over the course of the CPP formation, the ANC and Mr. Cummings have been targeted, insulted, maligned and even recently, have been conspiratorially implicated in a bogus Framework lawsuit.

“Yet, the ANC continues to remain committed to the CPP because the CPP is about the aspirations of the Liberian people and our promises to them. We promised not to make the CPP about entitlements or personal ambitions. Amb. Boakai and his Unity Party cannot say the same, nor represent to Liberians that they have conducted themselves in a way and manner in the CPP to fulfill their promise to the Liberian people over their false sense of entitlements and seemingly undemocratic quest for power”, the party points out.

 The statement maintains that only the ANC and its Standard Bearer have consistently and publicly said that if Amb. Boakai wins a democratic CPP Primary; they will support him as “we would support ourselves as winners.”

But it observes that Amb. Boakai and the UP have never ever publicly or privately said the same, saying “we are not surprised that sensing defeat, the former VP would run away to form a new coalition, which will not democratically challenge his false sense of entitlement to the presidency.

 The ANC laments that it is regrettable that Liberia continues to suffer from the failures of its political leaders to keep promises they make to the people something, it says is unacceptable.

“Too many of our political leaders lack the courage to make hard decisions, while too many make promises they have no intention to keep. Breaking promises, as we are witnessing, testify to weak, indecisive, dishonest and untrustworthy leadership”, the party continues.

 Meanwhile, the ANC says it wishes the Unity Party and the All Liberian Party well in their future endeavors, disclosing that in due course, Mr. Alexander Cummings will more fully respond to the UP’s withdrawal and spell out the new direction of the CPP.

It assures that the hopes and aspirations of the Liberian people will not be thwarted or destroyed due to a failure of the runaway leadership of the Former VP. The ANC says it remains committed to providing real change for the benefit of all Liberians.


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