MONROVIA – To demonstrate his victory as the ensuing general election gets into gear, the Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Mr. Alexander Cummings, has told Liberians not to panic, assuring them that with or without opposition unity, President George Manneh Weah will be defeated and made a one term President of Liberia come October 10, 2023.
Mr. Cummings made the assertions on Tuesday, March 6, 2023 when he granted an interview to the Red Power Radio Station following his tour of several communities in Monrovia and suburbs to sensitize citizens on the pending biometric voters registration exercise as well as giving them an insight of what his administration will address when elected president in 2023.
Deflated the popularity status of the President among the Liberian people, Cummings said, when Weah was at his peak of popularity as world soccer best, backed by a then strong coalition of three Political Parties, he obtained only 38 percent of votes and now that Liberians are economically worst off than five years ago and they know he has a very bad leadership record, its a fallacy to believe that he can win first round victory as is being falsely predicted by pro-government CDC supporters.
The CPP Standard Bearer said it is a political gimmick with hidden agenda by the CDC to justify rigging the pending elections, but vowed that any attempt to force Weah upon Liberians will be vehemently objected by the opposition.
Cummings said with two formidable opposition candidates in the Presidential race, anyone, either he or Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the former ruling Unity Party will defeat President Weah in a runoff election due to his diminishing popularity and indefensible bad record of failed promises and policies in the five plus years of misrule.
He said, there are multiple ways the opposition can unite, including joining ranks to prevent Weah from stealing the elections and supporting the opposition candidate in the runoff against him.
Speaking on the then intent of establishing the CPP which comprised of the four parties, Unity Party, Liberty Party, Alternative National Congress and the All Liberia Party, he said the cardinal reason was to foster opposition unity, but unfortunately, the All Liberian Party and the Unity Party broke away under false pretense with bogus criminal charges against him for alleged alterations of the CPP framework document.
The business man turned politician said after five months of court trials without any evidence of alterations of the CPP framework document, the bogus charges were dropped, leaving the CPP fractured. However, Mr. Cummings confirmed that serious discussions are ongoing amongst several other political party leaders wishing to join the CPP, while at the same time, it will accept readmission of the two breakaway parties on conditions that they will subscribe to the democratic principles and rules of choosing a Standard Bearer.
He said opposition unity cannot and must not be achieved through coercion of one group to submit, outside the democratic process, or with the entitlement mentality of leadership.
The CPP Standard Bearer’s tour on Tuesday, March 6, took him to the Nelson Mandela Intellectual center at Redhill, Virginia and the Stockton Creek Intellectual Center, Caldwell Road where he interacted with young people, and questions were asked about the CPP programs and policies on economic recovery, job creation, economic empowerment of Liberian businesses, restoration of basic social services including electricity, pipe-borne water, improved health care service, and education as well as opposition strategies to defeat President Weah comes October 10.
Cummings, who was accompanied by CPP stalwarts, also visited the Duala Market on Bushrod Island, and several plank dealing localities, urging Liberians to register and vote in the pending general and presidential elections slated for October 10.
He also visited the Caldwell Road Wood Field, near the Stockton Creek Bridge, the KKK Wood Field, around the SKD Sports Complex area, the Independent United Brothers Wood Field, Duport Road, and the Zubah Town Plank Field. The Plank dealers are a chain network of workers including hundreds of pit sawers, forest workers and owners and constitute sizable portions of Liberia’s population.
The CPP leader urged Liberians to muster the courage, to register and vote out the inept, corrupt and incompetent leadership of President George Weah, maintaining that he is the best candidate with the requisite credentials to transform and grow the country’s economy, attract foreign direct investments, and accelerate private sector development to create the much needed jobs for Liberians.
He promised to make the difference in leadership and will not engage in any acts of corruption or tolerate acts of corruption on the part of any public officials.
Cummings said Liberia is blessed with abundant natural resources, that all Liberians can benefit and enjoy their fair share according to their capacity and hard work. He said upon his election as President, within the first seven months, Liberians will begin to experience a new change in their living conditions and respective communities.
The visits are part of ongoing initiatives by the CPP Standard Bearer to mobilize Liberians to register in the upcoming Voters Registration exercise due to kick off March 20.