The governing Unity Party headed by Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai concedes here for the first time that its greatest threat in the October 10 elections is the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah.
The Press and Public Affairs Director of the governing UP, Mo Ali, notes that the Congress for Democratic Change, now Coalition for Democratic Change had closely battled the Unity Party in two presidential elections, though the UP won, the former still remains a political force to reckon with.
Despite his apprehension, he says the UP is prepared to defeat the CDC at the ballot box for the third time in succession, adding that nothing as far as he’s concerned, can change the minds of the Liberian people toward the CDC.
The Coalition for Democratic Change is a conglomeration of three political parties namely; the National Patriotic Party of jailed ex-President Charles Taylor, the Liberia People Democratic Party of criminally indicted former Speaker Alex Tyler, and the Congress for Democratic Change of Montserrado County Senator George Weah.
The UP is contesting to retain the presidency for a third term in succession, already at the verge of completing two (six-year) terms in office since 2005. Ali also discloses that besides the CDC factor, one of the major challenges facing the ruling establishment is financial constraints and logistical support. “Currently, what I think the Unity Party is lacking is financial and logistical supports.”
He says though it remains the ruling party, this should not be misconstrued that UP control everything, further lamenting that the ruling party is faced with serious financial and logistical constraints, though partisans and stalwarts are strongly contribution to its progress.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor