By Lincoln G. Peters
Presidential aspirant Mr. Simeon Freeman has termed as “recklessly irresponsible and lawless,” the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) partisans’ parade with a casket bearing opposition Amb. Joseph Nyumah Boakai’s photos.
The opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) standard bearer addressed reporters in Monrovia this week, condemning the CDC’s action.
Mr. Freeman, a businessman-turned politician, warned that the CDC casket parade is a potential breeding ground for election violence and conflict.
Mr. Freeman Urged the National Elections Commission (NEC) to take action against the CDC and all those that were engaged in the action because it has the proclivity to stair conflict and violence.
The opposition politician pointed out that it’s so unfortunate and disappointing that the CDC, a ruling party, would engage into acts and action that violate local and international principles.
“The action by the CDC on Saturday was very recklessly irresponsible and lawless. This action was a complete breeding ground for conflict and elections violence,” said Mr. Freeman.
“It’s important that the ruling party engages the process with the exchange of ideas and not insults or violence. We want the NEC to set precedent action on them because they violated the Farmington Declaration signed by political parties as well as international principles,” Mr. Freeman noted.
According to Mr. Freeman, toting of a casket is a bad sign for the peace that Liberians have suffered with over the years.
He noted that the current administration is under obligation to maintain the hard-earned peace that Liberians are enjoying.
The MPC standard bearer urged the ruling CDC to focus on how it can win the election instead of getting involved with insults and violence that will carry the country backward.
The MPC political leader added that what is more important is for the ruling party to explain to the Liberian people what it has done over the years instead of creating problem the opposition political parties and their leaders.
He said Liberians are peaceful people, and the CDC-led government should not use them to create problems that will not add value to their lives.