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CDC ignores defection

The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaIn the wake of incessant exodus of key long serving members from main opposition Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC, officials of the coalition are claiming that defection of their partisans is a non -issue based on claims that when two persons leave, the CDC sees 20 or more persons coming over.

“Listen to me and I will keep reminding you that two persons leaving the CDC and 20 persons coming is a net gain for the CDC. So it’s a non – issue”, Deputy CDC Secretary General for Administration and Chief Scribe of Sen. George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change Mr. Jangar Cole says.

He told a local radio talk show in Monrovia Thursday, 20 April that the defection being experienced in the Coalition is a non – issue on grounds that 20, 25 or 50 persons come over to the CDC when two persons leave the Coalition.

The Coalition which comprises jailed ex-president Charles Ghankay Taylor’s National Patriotic Party, former international soccer icon now Sen. George Weah and former House Speaker Alex Tyler’s Liberia
People Democratic Party has seen a wave of defection in recent days.

There are reports that some partisans are finding new options and declaring loyalty to different parties either based on fears that the CDC will not guarantee a democratic process in terms of encouraging competition at the pending party primaries for legislative seats or for other disenchantments within the party.

But during his appearance on the local radio talk show on Thursday, Mr. Cole denied the claim, insisting that the process would be competitive. Mr. Cole claims that the CDC is far ahead of its competitors in terms of strategic planning and organization for the coming October representatives and presidential elections.

He insists that the CDC is the only party that has so far been able to strategically bring together a group of political parties that are spread out in the 15 subdivision of Liberia.

“… We are arguably far ahead in terms of strategic planning, in terms of organization because we’re the only party so far … been able to strategically bring together a group of political parties that spread out in the 15 political subdivision of the country,” he argues.

He says in every county, the CDC is three – in – one, in reference to the collaboration of the Congress for Democratic Change, National Patriotic Party and Liberia People Democratic Party.

“That tells you the force of the CDC and the coalition; in every district, we are three – in – one. In every constituency in this country, in every district, in every village we are three – in – one. That makes us the strongest political force, he says.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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