PLP’S ‘Majority Bloc’ Backs Cummings -As Aggrieved County Chairs Vow Support

MONROVIA: In the wake of the disagreement among partisans of the People’s Liberation Party(PLP) occasioned by the decision of some members of the Executive Committee to support the re-election bid of President George Manneh Weah, another group of aggrieved officials and partisans of the party led by the Council of County Chairpersons on Friday, June 2, 2023, made a pronouncement to support the Presidential pursuit of the Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties(CPP), Alexander B. Cummings and have vowed to ensure that he becomes victorious in the ensuing October 10, 2023 general elections..

Speaking to the media flanked by several county chairpersons and youth leaders, Captain Jerry Kollie, spokesperson of the group announced that with 80% of consultation and discussions held with Mr. Cummings and the CPP, they are convinced that he (Cummings) has presented a stronger case for Liberia.

Amid battle cries and slogans, Kollie said the vision and principles of the CPP Standard Bearer are in alignment with those of their late standard-bearer and political leader, Dr. Daniel E. Cassell, something which drove their desire and decision to work with the CPP to guarantee an effective and responsible leadership for Liberia.

The group which referred to itself as the “PLP majority bloc” also revealed that following the conclusion of the remaining 20% of consultations this week, a formal mass ceremony would be held, where PLP partisans from all walks of life would gather “along with other allied democratic forces to formally declare, announce and present their support for the CPP and Mr. Cummings”.

It can be recalled that in April this year, Kollie who is the Chairman of the local Bong County Chapter of the party and Chairman of the Council of County Chairpersons, announced that “as influential recruiters as well as community and constituency leaders of Liberia’s fastest growing grass root and masses based political parties, and in defense of the noble heritage, norms and ethics of the PLP”, they vehemently denounce the action of those he described as the “minority faction of the National Executive Committee” to attempt to illegally suspend elected county chairpersons and other officials simply because they have voiced their disagreement to the decision to support the governing CDC.

The position by the Council of County Chairs according to reports has also received the backing of disenchanted youth leaders of the People’s Liberation Party (PLP) who themselves have rejected the suspension of several county chairpersons and criticized the process and decision by few party leaders to go to the CDC without proper consultation and majority approval.

In their immediate response in April, to the PLP leadership’s decision to support the CDC, the Chairman and Co-chairman of the aggrieved PLP officials and partisans, Oscar Holmes of Bomi County and Captain Jerry Kollie of Bong County had vowed that the CDC collaboration decision would be resisted through all possible legal means, using the masses of PLP partisans throughout the country.

They argued that the decision to take the party to the CDC was made by Political Leader, Tapple Doe, National Chairman, Benard DJ Blues Benson and few other members of the National Executive Committee without due consultation with or participation of the Council of County Chairpersons.

Holmes and Kollie cited “greed for money and lack of integrity” as the reasons that triggered the minority decision of some executives of the PLP to hurriedly announce the party’s support for the CDC.

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