The ruling Coalition for Democratic (CDC) has conceded defeat to independent representative candidate Edward Papay Flomo following a by – election conducted in Montserrado County District #13, a seat left vacant by CDC representative Saah Joseph who got elected to the Senate this year.
The CDC on Thursday, 22 November sent message of congratulations to Mr. Flomo ahead of official results from the National Elections Commission (NEC).The Montserrado by – election witnessed bloody violence on Saturday, 17 November when supporters of the CDC and opposition Unity Party (UP) candidate Mrs. Cornelia Kruah – Togba clashed.
Police have confirmed that people were injured in the violence.Addressing a news conference Thursday, 22 November in Monrovia, CDC National Youth League Secretary General Emmanuel Mulbah Johnson said the party seized the opportunity to congratulate Mr. Flomo on his victory in the just ended Montserrado District #13 by-election.
According to Johnson, the CDC through the youth league sees the victory of Edward Flomo as a victory for democracy and wishes to commend all CDCians and the great people of Electoral District #13 for exercising their democratic franchise by electing their choice.
He notes that though the NEC is yet to announce to the public official results from the just ended by-election, the victory of Mr. Flomo speaks volume to the democracy that martyrs CDCians laid down their lives for.
He says “all available data in our possession” speaks to the will of the people of electoral district #13.
With respect for the will of the people of District #13, Mr. Johnson indicates that the CDCians are ecstatic to commend them for exercising their constitutional rights in electing their own.
He argues that the CDC has been the ultimate respecter of people, noting that the power is glad that “we now have a pluralistic and competitive democracy in our country.”The CDC Youth League Secretary General narrates that democracy in Liberia has grown and has continued to protect the idea of a free society where the decision of the people is not tampered with.
The youth league has extended thanks to President George Manneh Weah for his blissful and determined leadership over the years, saying the CDC owes President Weah an enormous depth of gratitude.
Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson says the CDC youth league frowns on allegations made against CDC youth league chair and Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee by Liberty Party (LP) political leader Sen. Nyonblee Karngar Lawrence and the UP’s defeated candidate Cornelia Kruah- Togba.
The CDC says the two opposition figures alleged that Koijee had machetes and brutalized citizens during the campaign altercation in New Georgia last Saturday.The youth league calls on the authority of the Liberia National Police to investigate Sen. Lawrence and Mrs. Togba to substantiate their unfounded and baseless allegation against Koijee.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley