MONROVIA – As political parties map out strategies to put themselves in an advantageous position to outsmart their opponents in 2023, the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC) has launched its National Mobilization Blueprint for the Weah 2023 project which is centered around re-electing President George Manneh Weah and is commencing its mobilization and awareness exercise in the South Eastern party of the country, unarguably a very strong fortress of the ruling establishment slated to be held between October 26, 2022 and ending November 3, 2022.
Addressing a mammoth crowd of partisans, supporters and well wishers at the National Headquarters of CDC in Congo Town, Monrovia , the National Chairman, Mulbah Morlu Jr while announcing the blueprint said that re-electing President Weah is a project that CDC has decided to pursue and the whole partisans are up to the task because “ we have a history of struggle and winning victories for the Liberian people”.
He said the party will leverage on the commitment and enthusiasm of the partisans who over the years have created the institution and maintained it because they took ownership of it and will continue doing so because “it is the party of the people and they must take ownership of it”
“We are the only party in Liberia that does not live on the budget of the government or being funded and supported by the national government. For everything we have in the party, it is the partisans themselves through voluntary contributions and so the dollar rally we are about to have will be depending on our members. So we will count on you for the rally , bring the little you have, one dollar, two dollars, hundred dollars, etc”, he said.
Morlu who was excited about the turnout at the meeting also told the people that CDC will fully observe and commemorate November 7 this year, being the 11th anniversary of the security attack on peaceful partisans at the National Headquarters who were protesting for alleged irregularities observed during the 2011 presidential and legislative election which the party felt was shortchanged.
“It was the day we were attacked and some people lost their lives and some people were brutalized. So, we are going to observe and commemorate the day, we are going to remember them, we are going to remember those who have put their lives on the line for this party and the Liberian people. On that day, I want for you to turn out in full for the occasion and let us remember our brothers and sisters who have made sacrifices for this party”, he said
The national chairman who was cheered on intermittently by the huge crowd that was present, used the occasion to inform the partisans about the date for the launching of President Weah’s re-election bid which he put for December 17, 2022 and foresee a huge presence of people from all walks of life both at home and abroad.
“The President has started the need for change and we need 6 more years for the change. Everywhere you go, you see roads, you see development, you see things that you didn’t see for more than 170 years and there are new things you see.
“There is a legacy that we must protect, there is a legacy of press freedom, there is a legacy of keeping the peace, there is a development and these are things we are taking to our people to tell them what we have done.
“The committee is in full swing, working very hard to make December 17 a success story. We are coming out with the story, our story of revolution that remains with use. We are going to use the story to tell the Liberian people to vote for President Weah” he said
For his part, the Chairman of the Planning Committee for the December 17, 2022 petitioning ceremony, Thomas Fallah, Representative of District #5, Montserrado County, said that he was very confident that victory will come the way of the President and CDC in 2023 but however told the audience that they should not relent their efforts.
He said unlike in 2017 when Weah contested without much more tangible evidence to show, the 2023 election will definitely be to evaluate him for the past 6 years and “I don’t bother with what the people are saying because I see all the tangibles that the president can present to the people”.
He said the committee along with others will be storming Southeast Liberia to beginning the mobilization and awareness and return to Monrovia and be part of a massive program of similar nature which is expected to be held in District #6, Monrovia, Liberia
“On the day when we will be launching the re-election project by President George Manneh Weah, there will be a series of celebrations going around on the global scene. There will be celebrations in Holland, in Sydney, in Paris, in Washington DC, and on the scene here in Liberia. People will be excited and be happy to celebrate the day”, Mr. Fallah said.
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