Cllr. Winston Tubman, the 2011 defeated and chased out presidential candidate of the George Weah Congress for Democratic Change or CDC says, he will contest the 2017 presidential election on the party’s ticket.
Cllr. Tubman told the New Dawn in an exclusive interview on Thursday December 10, that it will an appreciable and a unique move for the party to feature him as standard bearer, while current political leader, Senator George Mannah Weah occupies the space of vice running mate.
Cllr. Tubman comments come at the time officials of both the Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine’s Liberty Party and the CDC are in serious merger talk ahead of the 2017 presidential race. Moreover the CDC says it will not merge with any political party that do not consider Sen. Weah as the standard bearer.
But the two times defeated presidential candidate, once referred to as “the government bone” after he was kicked out of the National Democratic Party of Liberia or NDPL of slain ex-president Samuel Doe following his defeat in 2005 insists, he is returning to the CDC with his former position in mind as standard bearer.
Cllr. Tubman has contested two presidential elections unsuccessfully beginning with 2005, when he was knocked out in the first round, coming fourth with 9.2 percent of the total votes against Madam Sirleaf. Also during the first round of voting 2011, the former UN diplomat was again defeated by President Sirleaf, but got enough ballots (32%) to force a run-off, which he subsequently boycotted.
When asked whether he thought the CDC was prepared to elect him as its standard bearer for the second time, Cllr. Tubman said he will not fight George Weah for the standard bearer position because Weah is his son and that it would be difficult for anyone to defeat Weah at the CDC’s convention, but he (Tubman) is sure of becoming the next standard bearer of the party based on his relationship with the CDC and its officials.
The former United Nations envoy to Somalia indicated that the matching with Senator Weah will fine political chemistry on grounds that they both had work together before and that Liberians seeing them again on the same ticket will squarely suggest on consistency.
Unveiling his political agenda if elected President of Liberia, the onetime Justice Minister under slain President Samuel Doe, says uniting Liberians would be his top priority like his late uncle, and 18thPresident of Liberia, William V.S. Tubman, who introduced the Unification Policy, bringing indigenous Liberians and ex-slave settlers together.
Cllr. Tubman also promises to ensure the establishment of a War Crimes Court in the country so that former warlords and others who committed atrocities could have their days in court, noting that Liberians should not continuously live with such huge atrocities inflicted on them by few people who even today have not realized the evil done to the people.
“Our people suffered for long during those years of the wars and we think those who played major roles should give account.” “I believed those who committed crimes against our people should give account of their deals. We cannot live with them in this kind of fashion. They should explain themselves to the Liberian people their reasons for those atrocities committed against our people,” he emphasizes.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor -Edited by Othello B. Garblah