CDC’s Political Baptism Nets In 6 Entrants -Converts Include MOVEE, UPP, ULD, CDA, PLP, RDC

MONROVIA – What many political pundits say is a political earthquake is currently taking place across the political spectrum and many are finding their bearings as the 2023 historic electoral process year takes shape. Alignments, realignments and cross-alignments are taking place everywhere, and it seems the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is gaining the upper hand for now. Six serious political parties in the country have annulled their opposition orientation for a ruling class dogma in what is likely to change the dynamics of elections as ever thought until now. Saturday, April 8 was a scene to watch as the six parties and their supporters celebrated their metamorphosis, baptizing in the political pool of the ruling CDC The chief officiating cleric was no other but the President of Liberia and Standard Bearer Dr. George Manneh Weah. The Analyst’s Stephen G Fellajuah intently watched the proceedings and reports.  

The City of Paynesville was a scene of jubilation and excitement for some political stakeholders of the country when six opposition political parties signed the admittance document declaration or the framework document officially joining the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), and thus forming Grand Coalition for Democratic Change.

The political institutions include the People’s Liberation Party (PLP), Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD), United People’s Party (UPP), Redemption Democratic Congress (RDC), Change Democratic Action (CDA), and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE).

The elaborate program hosted at the national headquarters of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) on Saturday, April 8, 2023, was greeted by a mammoth crowd.

The occasion also saw in attendance President George Manneh, officials of respective political parties including political leaders and Chairpersons, as well as visiting members of the Congress for Democratic Change from the United States of America. 

Making the welcoming remarks, MOVEE National Chairman, Mr. Robert Sammie, announced that as of April 8, 2023 MOVEE and the other five parties are now part of the Coalition for Democratic Change.

Giving the background of the occasion, PLP political leader, Tappie E. Doe, said the program was to assure the President that he will be reelected in a one round victory for another six years. 

This decision, according to Mr. Doe, comes after months of negotiations and consultations with stakeholders individual political parties, having satisfied all required standards and procedures to join the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

The occasion marked another milestone in the history of the nation, seeing six political parties coming in one accord to join the CDC, Mr. Doe said.

“We, the like-minded political parties, believe that the best option for Liberia is the re-election of President George Manneh Weah, and that the political parties have resolved to support the President to make Liberia a better place,” he continued. “We have seen your tremendous development under your watch and so these political parties have joined your re-election bid.”

“We are grateful to the President and that he will be reelected on October 10, 2023,” the PLP Political leader added. 

The signing of the admittance document was moderated by the Montserrado County Chairperson of the Congress for Democratic Change, Mr. Alexander Saylee. 

The political leaders and chairpersons of the six respective political parties signed the admittance document declaration of the framework document after which the Standard Bearer of the Congress for Democratic Change, President George Manneh Weah signed.

Mr. Moses Kollie of the Liberia People’s Democratic Party (LPDP) performed the official admittance of the six political parties.

Making statement on behalf of the six political parties, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., on behalf of the six political parties, said it was a duty to say to President Weah that it is a realization that in his next term as president of Liberia he needs all of the resources to develop the country; thus, the six political parties will ensure one-round victory, to avoid the economic waste.

The MOVEE Political leader said joining the Coalition was not because of love for President Weah but for his developmental record and vision demonstrated in moving Liberia forward.

“Mr. President, victory for you is sure because all well-meaning Liberians are ready and will definitely renew your presidency for another six years,” he said. “we are tested and proven prepared and ready to make you maintain the president.”

Presentation of the framework document was done by the National Secretary General of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Mr. Jefferson Tamba Koijee. He termed ceremony as a clear manifestation of the decision few day ago which was announced by parties at the headquarters of People’s Liberation Party.

He noted that moving forward, the six parties are now part of the Coalition for Democratic Change.

“Today, President Weah, I am here to present six political parties to the Coalition for Democratic Change through you, constituting what will now be called the Grand Coalition for Democratic Change.”

In response, President George Manneh Weah said he was honored to grace what he termed was historic ceremony which he said was intended to admit six new political parties into the Coalition for Democratic Change.

“It is my pleasing duty therefore, on behalf of the membership of the Congress for Democratic Change and in his capacity as Standard Bearer to welcome all of the parties to the Coalition”, he said.

He added that he was happy that these political institutions have placed their trust in the CDC, which he said signifies that they believe that their vision align with the CDC.

“By joining the CDC you have honored a patriotic duty to nationhood and I can assure you that the CDC will make sure that you are welcome and make yourself comfortable in your new political home,” he said. 

He further stated that the CDC was formed to promote the interest of the Liberian people, saying this is paramount in everything the party does, which is a foundational pillar of the Pro-poor development agenda, as they work collaboratively to achieve their shared goal.

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