By Stephen G. Fellajuah
While many pundits are of the opinion that the Liberian opposition has come of age, exemplified by the show of strength when the opposition rallied for Mr. Abraham Darius Dillon to massively win the Montserrado County senate seat in 2019, however, the mounting divisiveness and rancor within the opposition bloc seems to be the Achilles heels that could work against the four Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) comes December 8, 2020 midterm senatorial and referendum elections and onward to the 2023 presidential and general elections. Acknowledging the divisiveness within the opposition bloc, Montserrado County Senator Abe Darius Dillon is calling on CPP partisans and supporters to quit the confusion among themselves and see the collaboration as the only hope of delivering Liberians from the bad governance of President George M. Weah.
Speaking at the launch of the Collaborating Political Parties Solidarity Brigade and endorsement program of the candidacy of Senator Abe Darius Dillon for the Montserrado County seat Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Headquarters of the Liberty Party, Senator Dillion said the country is depending on the four Collaborating Political Parties to change the course from the direction it is moving.
“Let me say this to CPP in the public, you must stop making palaver among yourselves. This country is depending on us. Anytime we look like we are divided, it can kill the hope of our people. The only thing the Liberian people want is to see the CPP coming together to remove President Weah from over this country,” Senator Dillion said, maintaining that making palaver and insulting the political leader of the CPP, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, will only discourage the people.
Dillion elucidated that the collaboration is not out to make any specific person president, noting that the CPP did not come together to ordain a particular individual for the presidency rather, to put strength together under a united front with a framework so that any interested partisan including Alexander B. Cummings of the ANC, Benoni Urey of the ALP, Nyonblee Karngar Lawrence of the LP, and Joseph Boakai of the UP can contest the primary and win to become the CPP candidate for the presidency.
“When you are coming together and your first question is: who will lead the ticket, this will not help,” Dillion said as he addressed hundreds of partisans and supporters, emphasizing “if we don’t win more than 10 seats across the country in December 2020 kiss 2023 good-by, because the Liberian Legislature with particular reference to the senate doesn’t consider your interest.”
Senator Dillon further noted that if the Liberian Senate has more senators especially those with passion, courage, discipline and integrity, President Weah will think twice before he takes some actions.
Meanwhile, the Collaborating Political Parties-endorsed Montserrado County candidate who was also endorsed by the CPP Solidarity Brigade, said the CPP will empower and support its Solidarity Brigade to take the lead everywhere it goes and in all of its activities across the country.
For his part the Chairman of the four Collaborating Political Parties Solidarity Brigade, Byron Browne, Jr. noted that the December 8 election is not about Senator Dillion but the Liberian people. “Today on behalf of the CPP Solidarity Brigade leadership we are pleased to endorse Senator Darius Dillion.”
Chairman Browne revealed that the CPP Solidarity Brigade was created as an auxiliary to protect the CPP constituents as a result of the many disruptions of CPP engagements with the Liberian people and the unrestricted violence meted against members of the Collaborating Parties.
“Every day we wake up we hear violence against the opposition bloc, so we created a radical group called the CPP Solidarity Brigade. We are going to do everything possible to recruit more people to the opposition bloc,” Mr. Browne indicated.
He used the occasion to call on the opposition leaders to commit their support to the group.