By Lincoln G Peters
Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) chairman Mulbah Morlu says, there will be no more three-man show when it comes to picking candidates to contest seats for the party during elections.
The CDC, which is a constituent party of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) suffered a massive defeat in the just ended by-elections conducted in four counties. The defeat also follows the mid-term December 28, 2020 elections where it also loss major seats in the senate to both independent and the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP).
Speaking during the launch of CDC’s membership database in Congo Town over the weekend ahead of the 2023 presidential and general elections, Morlu, admitted that the affairs of the party have been controlled and run with decisions made by three men in Central Monrovia but he felt short of naming the three persons he accused of running the affairs of the party in Monrovia.
“Let me put myself on record, there will be no time again in the history of this party where a seat being contested for will be determined by the party executive. That dispensation has passed,” said Mr. Morlu.
“The only authority that will determine who gets on the party tickets will be delegates from the various districts and counties,” he noted.
Chairman Morlu disclosed that they are ready to change the dynamics of the party in order to have more seats across the country in the 2023 presidential and general elections.
He pointed out that President George Manneh Weah will be easily re-elected comes 2023 because the CDC is restructuring its house to become victorious.
Chairman Morlu disclosed that every time the party executives choose candidates to contest on the party ticket without the approval of the delegates, they loosed, something he said they are ready to change.
He pointed out that when delegates make decisions about a person they have chosen to contest for a senatorial or representative position, they can support that person to the fullest.
Morlu explained that “the past is the past,” adding that CDC is now committed and ready to build.
“All positions in the party will be contested for and challenged apart from President George Manneh Weah and Senator Saah H. Joseph. All incumbent on the party tickets who have served well like Saah Joseph will go back for re-election but all others will pass through delegates,” Chairman Morlu disclosed.
He warned that those that are accustomed to bribing their way to power will not bribe anymore, noting that thousands-plus delegates will not easily be bribed.
“In 2019, we were defeated in Montserrado County. We had a national retreat at the ATS (Antoinette Tubman Stadium) to reconcile our party and bring all on board. After a year, we went in the process again and we were defeated,” Morlu recalled.
“What is important is that your five thousand three hundred votes in 2019 and in 2020 one hundred and twenty thousand votes were given to us in Montserrado County that a single political party couldn’t give. They came against us as four political parties, with that we will reclaim Montserrado County,” he said.
Speaking on the CDC ID Card and launch of its membership database drive, Morlu said the process is intended to provide a comprehensive database system for all its partisans across the country.
According to him, the process began with the 17 Electoral Districts of Montserrado County for leaders within those districts, and later they will extend it to other counties.
“The path to victory is a fully institutionalized party. This process is to enable you to participate in all processes of the party’s primary and other essential activities. The card is only 150 Liberian dollars for members, particularly those who [are] not working,” Chairman Morlu explained.
He noted that the CDC leadership in Grand Kru and Montserrado are strong and they are doing better. But he also said all other counties’ leaderships will [be dissolved] to enable the party to reconstruct the entire leadership ahead of 2023.
For his part, Montserrado County Senator Saah H. Joseph pledged to pay for seventy thousand leaders in Montserrado County, adding that it is his own way of responding to his people.
“We will continue to help our people. This shows how your leaders are ready to move for 2023. This rebranding and rebuilding process is an initial victory for President Weah and all other candidates of the CDC that will be contesting come 2023,” he said.
“We want you to go back to your various districts and zones and make sure that you take the message across because we are ready to move,” Sen. Joseph noted.
Also remarking, Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee and co-chair on the nationwide reconstruction program noted that it’s time that CDCians take control of the party’s activities and see themselves in it.—Edited by Winston W. Parley