Congress for Democratic Change or CDC George Weah Wednesday November 2, announced that his party had formed a coalition with the former ruling party of jailed ex-President Charles Taylor and the newly formed party of criminally indicted former House Speaker Alex Tyler.
Senator Weah and the leaders of the National Patriotic Party or NPP and the Liberian People Democratic Party or LPDP jointly appeared on stage at the headquarters of the CDC on Wednesday where the announcement was made amidst jubilation from partisans, mainly battle criers.
The coalition named and styled the National Opposition Coalition for Democratic Change or Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC is expected to reduce the number of opposition political parties scrambling to wrestle power from the ruling Unity Party which is currently heavily divided.
The document to support the coalition of the three parties was signed by the three political leaders including Sen. George Weah of CDC, Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor of NPP and former Speaker Alex Tyler of the LPDP; all chairpersons and secretary general of the three political parties fixed their respective signatures to the document making it bounding, legal and working tool for the impending elections.
The coalition also used the NPP’s pepper bird, the rainbow of CDC and its motto: One destiny one people one nation. Speaking during the ceremony which was dominated with battle cries from the youth leagues of the political parties, anti-governmental slogans and songs, Montserrado Sen.Weah called on partisans and all Liberians saying the hope for change is still alive and it is time for the three political parties to capture the presidency democratically comes 2017.
Weah and his CDC were part of the Ganta Declaration, the document which was signed by 15 political parties seeking for a grand coalition against the ruling Unity Party in July of this year for the 2017 elections.
He insists that the change is a must and it is achievable by collective effort. On July 7, 15 registered political parties under the auspices of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction of Sen. Prince Johnson brainstormed on forming a grand coalition against the ruling Unity Party.
Sen.Weah, Cllr. Charles Brumskine of Liberty Party, All Liberian Party of businessman turned politician Benoni Urey, Alexander Cummings of Alternative National Congress and Senator Johnson among other parties affixed their respective signatures to a document named Ganta Declaration.
The Ganta Declaration was made with the establishment of a Joint Technical Committee to design strategies and ideas on how the Declaration could be fully implemented but little did the crafters and signatories to the Ganta Declaration know that the CDC, NPP and LPDP had their own hidden agenda.
Weah, wearing a full grown smile added that the coalition is a force to reckon and that signing of the document has sent a signal to the ruling establishment that the opposition is ready to take state power.
According to him, the working together of the opposition has been the dream and desire of the public. He said the signing marked a historic breakthrough for the transformation of the already struggling Liberians.
The Coalition gives the Congress for Democratic Change the authority to select the standard bearer and choose his running mate; while the three parties will jointly share legislative seats throughout the country.
The document also calls for the current representatives and senators at the Liberian Legislature to work together as though they are from one political party. Also speaking at the event, former Ambassador Milton Nathaniel Barnes of the NPP described the coalition as a bulldozer that resist anything that does not represent the interest of the Liberian people.
Barnes who is strategically seeking the standard bearer post of the NPP added that the coalition will receive nothing less than victory in the 2017 race. Adding his voice to the rest, former Speaker Tyler said that the Liberian people should put chicken where eagle belong.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Othello B. Garblah