In the wake of President George M. Weah’s broadcast to the nation last evening where he called for calm, and for all to accept the results from the Special Senatorial Elections, the leadership of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has hailed defeated senatorial candidate, Montserrado County District #5 Representative Thomas P. Fallah, for having placed a call to Senator Darius Dillon of the CPP today to congratulate him on his victory and to pledge commitment to work together to move Liberia forward. The CDC also promised to use the outcome of the special elections to work harder and deliver for the Liberian people.
According to a December 14, 2020 press statement from the ruling CDC leadership, “this is the first time that a defeated candidate in the history of Liberia is congratulating his opponent before the official declaration of results by the NEC, something we only get to see in American democracy.”
“On behalf of the leadership of the Coalition, let me join Rep Thomas Fallah in publicly extending congratulations to Senator Darius Dillon,” CDC Chairman Morlu said.
The CDC believes that the just-ended elections are indeed a democratic triumph on which all Liberians can build on to move the country forward.
“The CDC will continue to work harder to enhance Liberian democracy, protect our peace and achieve the much needed and desired economic development and transformation we are pursuing as a Government. On behalf of the President and leadership of the Coalition, let me publicly thank and pay homage to all Liberians and our loyal and committed partisans, well-wishers and sympathizers who turned out to support our campaign and to vote for the CDC throughout Liberia. To CDCIANS you fought a hard fight but this is the nature of free fair and transparent democracy that is flourishing under the CDC. The truth is that mid-term elections the world over are tough on ruling parties and here in Liberia the electoral history confirms that. The Unity Party for example did not win Montserrado County thoughout its tenure but went to win a two-term presidency,” Chairman Morlu stated.
He said the loss in Montserrado does not say that voters are making judgment on the President, but that the voters are simply sending a message to the CDC and its Government to address the challenges and concerns of the Liberian people in a manner that secures their trust.
“The CDC and the Government have received this message well and the outcomes will be shown in the weeks, months and years ahead as we push harder to meet the service delivery and economic needs of the Liberian people,” the CDC affirmed.
Morlu further cautioned that after the elections, all Liberians – whether ruling party or opposition, should remain committed to protecting the peace and promoting the image of the country.
“The Government and the CDC have heard from the Liberian people and will press harder to work for a more inclusive and unified governance framework, to accelerate the resolution of complex economic and development challenges, to improve service delivery to all our people, to provide better job opportunities for Liberians and to achieve the aims of the PAPD.
“The CDC and its collaborators are likely to win four counties, the CPP is likely to win six counties and independent candidates are likely to win four counties. This is a great combination for all to work for Liberia in the years ahead. Those elected should be given the chance to govern so that results may be judged at the end of the day. Protests should not be used as strategy to thwart governance. Government and opposition should have the chance to work so that the voters can have their say at the ballot box as we have seen in these historic elections,” Chairman Morlu enjoined.
Sending a clarion call to his partisans, Morlu said CDCIANS, all and sundry, will have to work harder to build a more vibrant, inclusive and broadbased Coalition.
“Our hearts go out to all our partisans who worked and campaigned tirelessly throughout Liberia. We faced challenges in our coalition which may have undermined our political efforts but we are committed to resolving those challenges and to building a stronger Coalition. We will build a better coalition, improve our governance, deliver better services and go on to win in 2023!” Morlu promised.
The CDC chairman also extended special thanks to President George Manneh Weah, for his support to the CDC during these elections. “Mr. President, let me say that you remain a beacon of peace and democracy in Liberia and great things will continue to happen under your leadership. Take heart as you continue to work for the people of Liberia”.
Morlu as well as appreciated the leadership of the Coalition for Democratic Change and leaders at various levels of the CDC, but cautioned, “We have work to do and that work starts now.”
Meanwhile, retained Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon has hailed Representative Thomas Fallah for reaching out to him to concede defeat and congratulate him on his resounding victory.
“Rep. Thomas P. Fallah has reached out to me via telephone, conceding defeat and heartily congratulating us on our re-election as SENATOR of Montserrado County. We wish to publicly thank Rep. Fallah for the call and acknowledge his hard effort during the campaign activities. He fought well!! Now that the elections are over, it is time to govern well together in the best interests of our people and country. We give God the glory for the peace and harmony!!” Senator Dillon stated today Monday on his social media feed.