The current national membership drive of the opposition Alternative National Congress(ANC) recorded a major breakthrough yesterday, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 when Mr. Mulbah Yorgbor, Secretary General of the pressure group, Council of Patriots(COP) formally announced his membership of the party and additionally endorsed the nomination bid of the political leader of the Party, Mr. Alexander Benedict Cummings.
Speaking from a prepared text read at the National Headquarters of the ANC Mr. Yorgbor said that having considered over the last few months the critical importance of the 2023 elections and post 2023, he has come to the realization that only an institution with a very concise and equally ambitious plan to rescue the Republic should be given the task to rebuild country.
“An institution that has a well laid out economic recovery strategy and one that values and amplifies the views of all on the table. An institution that is very concerned about the young people of this country. In fact, an institution that holds firmly the belief that this country will move no inch further if the young people are not empowered and properly guided. That institution is none other but the Alternative National Congress – the ANC. I therefore unreservedly declare my membership with the ANC from this day forward and will do everything within my human power to ensure that the ANC becomes that beacon of hope, that glimpse of redemption and that bearer of good tidings for the people of Liberia”, Mr. Yorgbor said
Mr. Yorgbor who began his short speech by taking a swipe of the President George Manneh Weah administration said his service to the nation was terminated while in London on official assignment all because he vigorously campaigned against the presidential bid of Mr. Weah which he termed as Liberia’s biggest mistake. He said clearly the Weah administration was ( and is very still) clueless about what it takes to run a fully functional government which at the very core, is the recruitment and deployment of individuals with the right set of skills and talents to effectively deliver.
“For them, government is about assembling party zealots to do the bidding of a demigod. For them, governance is about loyalty to party over the welfare of the state. This has been clearly demonstrated by Weah and his officials who haven’t hesitated at all to amass wealth at the expense of the impoverished masses since they took power in 2018. Our woes as a country continue to deepen. Hospitals are without drugs; schools without quality, homes without reliable water and electricity supply ; deplorable road conditions; trust in the banking sector is at an all time low; mysterious deaths are on the rise but sadly amidst all of these nation-wrecking and heart-breaking situations, this government is adamant. It interests itself with politically captivating, substandard and cosmetic projects which have little to zero substantive long term impact on the livelihood of the people”, he said
The newest ANC member went deeper into history to discuss the calamities that have befallen the country ranging from large scale theft and neglect of the suffering masses to the death of some 250,000 citizens, some very gruesomely to years of devastating civil and political unrest. He continued even after this national disaster, one would think that leaders will act differently to ensure that these wounds are healed through decent and accountable leadership – one premised on providing the best possible living conditions for the people. Instead, he said, citizens are continuously deprived of their dignity as humans and have been made ordinary beggars in their own country.
“This is gut-wrenching. No patriotic Liberian should, in their sound mindset on the sidelines while this travesty continues unabated. We have to change the narrative. We have to restore decency to national leadership. We need proven practical steps to rebuild this country from the bottom up”, Mr. Yorgbor said.
The COP executive praised the political leader of the party Mr. Cummings whom he described as a transformational leader and a man with integrity to lead the country. He spoke highly of his solid corporate background which took him at the top of a global company like Coca Cola. He said it is time that Liberia employs a business approach to public governance stressing that businesses are operated to provide the best in class customer service experience and satisfaction. He furthered that Liberians as customers should be satisfied, should receive the best services possible and that is very achievable.
“A cursory review of the life of the man called Cummings will tell you that this man is a go-getter. He is pragmatic, result-oriented and accountable. He navigated his way to the height of corporate governance in a society that has zero tolerance for public and private corruption, unscathed. He epitomizes and embodies the ideal family values that are sadly in short supply at the nation’s highest office. He has been entrusted with huge responsibilities and has exceptionally delivered. Without boring you with the curriculum vitae of the man called Cummings, I also hereby declare my support for his nomination as Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) Presidential Ticket”, Mr. Yorgbor said.
In recent times, Mr. Cummings have been taking a nationwide tour to meet his partisans and supporters as well as community and religious leaders to solicit their support against the ensuing primaries of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) later on this year to choose a single candidate that will square up against President George Manneh Weah who is expected to seek for re-election in 2023. While also being committed to the CPP, Mr. Cummings has been busy building the ANC as a formidable party to reckon with in the country.