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An insider of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Congress for Democratic Change has hinted this paper of alleged plans by members of the executive committee to unilaterally avert the party’s nationwide primaries for individuals who have expressed interest in contesting on the party’s tickets for representative seats in the October 10 elections.

According to the source, dozens of incumbent CDC lawmakers seeking reelection are raising US$35,000 each to prevent primaries in their respective electoral districts to enable them have an easy ride back to the Capitol.

Some of the incumbent lawmakers who allegedly took their portion of the collection to the head of the committee overseeing the impending primaries in April former Speaker Alex Tyler, were rejected.

This writer did not obtain an official confirmation from Representative Tyler, an associate of the CDC said the LPDP leader rejected the contributions because he wants all those contesting; including incumbent lawmakers to submit to primaries come April.
Our source said most of the incumbent CDC lawmakers seeking re-election have smiled the ‘rat’ that they might not be re-elected by their constituents for poor performance.
Reports say there is strong supposition to any attempt by the executive committee to avert the pending primaries, particularly among new aspirants who have declared their attention to contest on the CDC tickets.

They have allegedly threatened that any attempt by the Executive Committee to ward off the party primaries will be strongly resisted. Dozens of citizens from across the country have declared their intention to contest for legislative seats on the party’s tickets, but they will have to go through a primary to qualify them in their respective districts for the showdown.

Some incumbent lawmakers from the party have allegedly begun to confide in residents of their districts that they will get re-elected because the CDC will not hold primaries.
But reacting to these claims, the Secretary General for the Coalition for Democratic Change – a conglomeration of the Congress for Democratc Change, National Patriotic Party and Liberia People Democratic Party, JangaKowo said there will be primaries before the October 10th polls especially, for those who want to vie on the CDC ticket.

He disclosed that each member party of the Coalition will conduct separate primaries to elect candidates on their respective tickets to field them in the national election.
Mr. Kowo, who did not say when these primaries will be held, also disclosed that in the case where in there is no contestant for the Coalition in general, the three political institutions would jointly conduct primary for anyone interested in contesting on the Coalition ticket.
However, he could neither deny nor confirm report that certain incumbent lawmakers of the Congress for Democratic Change have provided money to avert the party primary from going on.

By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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