Recently, the National Youth League of the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC issued a statement in Monrovia calling for the resignation of Cllr. Winston A. Tubman as Political leader consistent with his one-term commitment. The League reminded Tubman of his commitment in early 2011 to serve as a one-term standard-bearer, irrespective of the outcome of the general and presidential elections which has come and gone.
The statement quoted the leadership of the Youth League as expressing the belief that there can be no time than now for Tubman willful resignation to avoid the growing displeasure of thousands of grassroots support-based ‘CDCians’, who are weary of any further continuity in his leadership. While calling for Cllr. Tubman’s resignation, the Youth League also denounced the ensuing Gbarnga Convention of the CDC.
This latest move by the party’s auxiliary followed similar call by the party’s mobilization Committee Chairman, Mulbah Morlu, a few weeks ago. Morlu’s public pronouncement against his party leader resulted to his suspension by the National Executive Committee. The CDC Secretary General, Acarous Gray resisted the decision by the NEC, describing it as a joke.
What’s obtaining now within the Congress for Democratic Change may be seen as a discouraging signal to many who may be considering membership with the party as preparations toward 2017 begin. The claims and counter-claims, as well as in-house fighting/rivalries further suggest the un-coordinated and disjointed nature of the party which many now see as the next government-waiting come 2017.
The public disrespect shown to Cllr. Tubman and National Executive Committee by Morlu, Secretary General Gray and National Youth Leagues is only indicative of their un-preparedness to undergo the necessary political transformation to make the party more formidable and operationally structured. Many had harbored the belief that if Morlu and others had had issues against their leadership, same must have first been addressed in party meetings and not the public through radio stations and newspapers.
The young leaders of the Congress for Democratic Change must now graduate from its usual antagonistic and reactionary approaches to qualms, since they are been tipped as the fore-runners in Liberia’s future general and presidential elections. Cllr. Tubman and others have played their respective roles despite the fact that the people of Liberia chose to place their trusteeship into the hands of Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
In public or not, they must be accorded the highest degree of respect and courtesies as political leaders and not to be treated the way a few young people within the CDC would choose. If what many Liberians are anticipating for the CDC is something to probably accept, the party must now go through structural readjustments in terms of total reforms in their behavioral patterns to attract the support needed for such dream.