Six opposition parties surrender to CDC
Six political parties have joined the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) ahead of the 2023 presidential and legislative elections.
They are the late Dr. Daniel E. Cassell’s People’s Liberation Party (PLP), Union for Liberia Democrat (ULD), United People’s Party (UPP), Redemption Democratic Congress (RDC), Change Democratic Action (CDA), and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE).
The political parties said joining the CDC is based on their individual and collective decision to apply for membership with the ruling party to support the re-election bid of President George Manneh Weah.
They said they are jointly resolved to be a full-fledged political party of the CDC. They indicated that a copy of their resolution will be forwarded to the National Executive Committee of the CDC as reaffirmation their signed letter of intent.
The signing ceremony was held at the People’s Liberation Party headquarters in Congo Town, Monrovia, a stone throw away from CDC’s headquarters.
The six opposition parties signed the joint resolution of intent and officially handed it over to CDC chairman Mulbah Morlu for onward presentation to President Weah and the general council of the CDC.
The program was graced by supporters of the constituent parties including Chairman Morlu, CDC Secretary General and Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee, and Madam Josephine Davies.
Officially signing the document on behalf of the PLP, Mr. Bernard Benson, alias D.J. Blue, said they are excited to form part of the CDC.
“Today, I like to welcome all sister parties to this historic occasion. I want to assure and reassure that this place is your home from today onwards,” he said.
Presenting the joint resolution to Chairman Morlu, PLP political leader Mr. Tapple Doe described the signing ceremony of the framework document as historical, adding that it’s approved President Weah’s one round victory.
“Who expect that this day would have come for six political parties to join the CDC? Therefore, we are excited to join all the other political parties for the successful re-election of President George M. Weah comes October 10,” he said.
Receiving the framework document, Chairman Morlue assured President Weah’s commitment and support to all those that are part of the Coalition.
Morlu said President Weah had asked him to tell all the new members that he is a father to all the parties, not just the initial three.
“Even though we will defeat the combined opposition who [are] getting smaller by the day, we are not satisfied with the six parties that joined, and so they will work to bring all the others on board,” Morlu said.
Earlier reading the joint resolution expressing the parties’ interest to form part of the CDC, MOVEE National Chairman Mr. Robert M. Sammie said joining the CDC demonstrates the uniqueness and maturity of the parties to sign a resolution without any court interference.
He declared the political parties’ membership with the CDC and their intent to support the campaign and successful re-election of President Weah in the 2023 elections.
“We, in our separate and joint executive committee meetings, made the decision to collectively, purposefully support the re-election of President Weah,” said Mr. Sammie.