MONROVIA – After the successful conclusion of its 7th National Convention held recently, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), a constituent member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Congress (CDC) yesterday, Wednesday, November 30, 2022, released its report at the National Headquarters of the party at an elaborate program graced by members of the recently elected executive members, top echelons of the party, supporters as well as some top government officials.
Few hours to the commencement of the program, supporters and well wishers of the party, mainly the youth had besieged the venue of the program amid loud battle cries, sloganeering, singing and jubilation as top members including the newly re-elected National Chairman Mulbah Morlu Jr made their way into the compound of the party.
Taking to the podium to announce the outcome of the convention which most partisans referred to as “most transparent, free and fair convention in recent time in Liberia, the Chairman of the Convention Committee, Atty Alex S. Saylee expressed delight and satisfaction for the outcome of the program, thanking the leadership and all partisans who worked assiduously to make the process possible. He said convention is part of the processes spelled out in the constitution that must be carried out in running the party.
“As provided for by the Party’s constitution, the 7th National Congress witness the convergence of members of the Party making up structures forming accredited delegates and observers who participated and observed respectively the activities of the Congress including the receipt and deliberations of reports, development and adoption of plans for the next seven years, and most importantly the elections of new Corp of officers making up the National Executive Committee and leadership of the National Women’s League, National Youth League and National Disabled League”.
He then announced the full list of the 62 strong National Executive Committee including President George Manneh Weah, Standard Bearer, Mulbah Morlu Jr, National Chairman, . Garbla V. Williams, Vice Chairman for Administration, Williametta Piso Saydee-Tarr, Vice Chairman for Political Affairs, Dr. Samora P.Z. Wolokollie, Vice Chairman for Finance and Investment, Thomas P. Fallah, Vice Chairman for Operations, Janga a. Kowo, Vice Chairman for Legal and Governmental Affairs, Lewis A. Wright Vice Chairman for Planning and Research , Jefferson Tamba Koijee, Secretary General, among others.
After the presentation, the Secretary General, Jefferson Tamba Koijee, took the podium and was greeted with party slogans, battle cries and chanting. He thanked the convention committee for the job well done as well as thanking the partisans, especially the delegates who came from the 15 political divisions of the country to attend the decision making convention.
While describing the convention as the “best” that has happened in recent times among political parties in the country that took place and ended without any rancor or confusion and scolded those whom he called detractors that had misgivings with how the convention was conducted, stressing that there was no point to dignify them as those who matter in the CDC produced the results that will push the party forward.
“The real debate is that the real stakeholders of the process who trooped out and assembled themselves from the 15 subdivisions of the country, some of whom rode bikes to come here, took the decision to elect the leaders and to direct the next course of the party”, he said.
While asserting that the decisions taken at the national convention were for the supreme interest of the party and its future, he however said he does not expect those who may have some differences with how the convention was conducted and the result produced to them on the shortcomings. “What we run here is not a party, it is a movement, it is what the people have arranged and we should not be the author of your misfortune”, he said
Koijee who said he was mindful that there could be some differences among partisans but there was a need for those who feel aggrieved to settle their differences with the party and return to the fold.
To all of our partisans, we say come back home. We extend our olive branch to you, there is no situation bigger than this party. This newly elected leadership was a well designed composition that reflects every region of our country, about 10 out of 15 counties are represented on the national executive committee. It is regionally balanced.
“This is what you called the people’s party and that is why they allow their sons and daughters to be on board to represent them”, he said
Chairman Morlu who spoke later to the pleasure of the partisans who affectionately called him, “our leader, our teacher” paid glowing tributes to the partisans some of whom, according to him, have been with the party since inception and urged them to brace up for the challenges ahead.
“I would like you to know that CDC will remain a party founded on the pillar of the sweat and blood of the ordinary masses that will not waver but remain committed until this country is transformed.
“CDC is a revolutionary institution, the party of the masses, the downtrodden that produces you as a servant leader, CDC leaders provide you the opportunity to be of service not bosses. So for those who are coming on board, we say well done, you are great”, he said
He said the party is gender sensitive and though not much females were elected on the national executive, but the 8 that were elected represent a major statement of the party gender sensibility and urged women to get deeply involved in the running of the affairs of the party which will make it easier to further promote gender balance in leadership position both in the party and government.
While constitutionally dissolving the convention committee and thanking them for their marvelous task performed, the new direction of the party will now focus on organizing a befitting re-nomination program for President George Manneh Weah’s election in 2023.
“The convention is over, we are back to basics, back to the trenches. Everything right now in the party takes secondary stage, the premium concern now is the Weah 2023 re-nomination program scheduled for December 20, 2023”.
He said despite the information from the Ministry of Youth and Sports that the SKD Sports Complex will not be available for use because it is undergoing renovation work, alternative arrangement is been concluded to use the Antoinette Tubman Stadium as well as available spaces at the National Headquarters, the Slipway field and agency areas of the ATS to accommodate the up to 1 million people that will turn out.
He also said the program will also go on simultaneously in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Pleebo City, Maryland County, Robertsport City, Grand Cape Mount County and Gbarnga, Bong County.
He said President’s 2023 bid is getting huge traction as the testimonies of his first tenure will speak for why he is seeking the second tenure as it will further expand the development space of the country. He also said preparatory to the massive program on the 20th of December, 2022, partisans and other citizens will turn out on the 18th of December to accord President Weah a rousing welcome home at the end of his official trip abroad.