Cummings terms SimeonTaylor’s return to ruling CDC
By Lincoln G. Peters
Opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) political leader Mr. Alexander B. Cummings has termed as completely disappointing the return of Grand Cape Mount County Senator Simeon Taylor to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
Mr. Taylor left the CDC and ran on the ticket of the once formidable opposition bloc Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) and won the senatorial seat in Grand Cape Mount County in 2020.
His campaign for the seat suffered violent attacks from his CDC rivals then, but he still won the seat with the backing of the opposition CPP which was made up of four political parties.
Mr. Taylor was a member of Mr. Cummings’ Alternative National Congress, a constituent party within the now disintegrated CPP.
The CPP is now made up of just the ANC and a faction of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) following the withdrawal of Unity Party (UP) and All Liberian Party (ALP) from the bloc.
Senator Taylor’s return to the CDC now leaves many of his former CPP allies, including Mr. Cummings, expressing regret.
During a press conference held Monday, 20 June 2022 at his residence in Congo Town, Mr. Cummings said he is deeply disappointed over the action of Senator Taylor joining the CDC.
However, Cummings said it’s a choice that Taylor has made.
“My perspective on these things is that people will do what they think they need to do. Simon Taylor joining the CDC was disappointing but that is life,” said Mr. Cummings.
“Life in Liberia, politics and in the world, people will do what they think is in their interest and again let me say we are disappointed,’’ Mr. Cummings noted.
According to the ANC political leader, there are more people joining his party than a single person who is leaving the ANC.
Cummings stated that the ANC recently registered over five hundred individuals just from a visit to Bomi County.
He indicated that the focus of the ANC and the CPP is to continue to mobilize to get Liberians to understand their message of real change.
According to Cummings, people are joining the ANC because the party understands the challenges of the masses and it is willing and ready to solve these challenges by giving the people real change.
“We are expecting to lose more people between now to election. However, I promise you, we will gain significant move between now to election that will bring us victory,” said Cummings.
“So my focus is not on who left the original bloc, but how we can work now to change the system in our country,” he continued.
He argued that other countries near Liberia that are making [progress] are not better than Liberia.
He said under a Cummings leadership, he will bring more investors and create job opportunities and better security protection, health and learning environment for the people.