By Lincoln G Peters
Opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) political leader Mr. Alexander B. Cummings has committed to continue to fight for the Liberian people, vowing to change the system that has kept the country and its people down over the last 174 years.
“Too many Liberians, old, young, Muslims or Christians, are all suffering but the only way to stop that suffering is to change the system,” Mr. Cummings told a crowd of supporters at the Liberty Party (LP) headquarters in Sinkor Wednesday, 27 October upon his arrival from the United States.
“The system is fighting back but we will be undeterred. We are determined to work together as Liberians, as a country and people to make our country move forward in the right direction under the right leadership,” he said.
Mr. Cummings is in an internal political battle against Liberia’s former Vice President and Unity Party political leader Amb. Joseph Nyumah Boakai in a quest to head the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) presidential ticket and challenge incumbent Liberian President George Manneh Weah in the 2023 general and presidential elections.
Both Cummings and Boakai have ruled out any option of standing as running mate to the other, and both men now rely on the decisions of the other two CPP constituent parties, Liberty Party and the All Liberian Party to win the CPP ticket and face Weah in 2023.
After holding fruitful meetings with several US policymakers, Congress members, Senior Staffers of key Congressional Offices, and influential Think Tanks in Washington, DC, Cummings received a jubilant welcome here Wednesday from ANC partisans and some partisans of Liberty Party who seemed loyal to LP Chairman Musa Bility despite LP political leader Sen. Nyonblee Karnga – Lawrence’s call for a boycott.
Addressing the crowd, Cummings expressed excitement over the turnout of partisans and supporters thanking the Liberty Party through its Chairman Musa Hassan Bility for the program, as well as the CPP.
The ANC political leader vowed that he will not spend any more time on the internal wrangling within the CPP, but he will start to focus on the Liberian people and their suffering.
Mr. Cummings noted that he will not allow the Weah lead administration to get away with the suffering that the Liberian people are going through.
“Please know that we are pledging our support to you the people to change the country and improve your lives. With me, Mr. Alexander B Cummings, the CPP, we will have real change in Liberia,” he said.
“We will stop the suffering in our country. We will stop the stealing in our country and make sure the resources will benefit all Liberians instead of some, as we are seeing,” he continued.
At the same time, Mr. Cummings called on partisans of the ANC and the CPP, in general, to pray for partisans and supporters of the ANC and CPP who were involved in an accident that led to their injuries and hospitalization.
The incident occurred along the Roberts International Airport route in Margibi County while Cummings’ convoy was returning to Monrovia.
Cummings’ arrival here witnessed violence Wednesday as some group of individuals purported to be CPP partisans, particularly factions of the Liberty Party that were divided over his decision to use LP’s headquarters on 19th Street, Sinkor for the welcoming program.
There were stone-throwing and the use of other deadly objects between the group of unknown individuals and some CPP members.
The rock war lasted for about 15 minutes and saw several partisans and the unknown men most of whom came from the Beachside of 19th Street, Sinkor, toward the Liberty Party headquarters engaged in the dog fight.
They threw stones and other deadly weapons continually as ANC supporters and other Liberty Party supporters fought back.
However, Cummings made his way into the Liberty Party headquarters and the event was held. Riot police were later deployed to the violent scene to calm down the situation.
The violence led to the closure of the Exclusive Super Market at the junction on 19th Street, while several supporters of the Alternative National Congress accused partisans and supporters of the Liberty Party of the act.
Also speaking, Liberty Party Chairman Mr. Musa Hassan Bility said Cummings and the ANC were welcomed at all times to the Liberty Party as a CPP member.
“You don’t need an invitation to come here, this is your home. We have a stage to accommodate everyone, you are a member of the CPP,” said Bility.
“However, I want to thank you for the manner and form in which you have conducted yourself respectfully and orderly without damaging anything. This shows the quality of the leader you are,’ Mr. Bility added.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/cummings-returns-following-successful-u-s-trip/–Edited by Winston W. Parley