“Weah will MASSIVELY flog divided opposition” -Says Gbowee; Wants Boakia, Cummings, Gongloe Unite

MONROVIA – With few months left to the holding of presidential and general elections in Liberia, concerns are being raised in many quarters over the fractured nature of the opposition camp that has vowed to deny President George Manneh Weah a second term. Adding her voice to the fray, renowned Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee has sounded an ominous caveat to the opposition community, warning them to either consolidate their forces or risk being flogged massively at the polls by President George Weah.

Venting her frustration through her social media platform last evening in a post titled: “A Citizen’s Plea for a United Opposition”, the 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate specifically enjoined Unity Party Standard Bearer Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Alternative National Congress Standard Bearer Alexander B. Cummings, and Liberia People’s Party Standard Bearer Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe to swallow their individual egos and approach the 2023 presidential elections as a unified force instead of individual candidates.

“We all watched with horror as the CPP disintegrated like Humpy Dumpty, bringing us back to square one. Presently, the three prominent opposition leaders – Joseph Boakai, Alexander Cummings, and Tiawon Gongloe, are making the case that they are the best for Liberia. I believe that if these three gentlemen get on the ballots as individual candidates, they will be MASSIVELY FLOGGED by President George Weah.

“I believe that for Liberia to achieve the change that many desire, these three candidates must decide on a single ticket. It is time that egos, personal interests, and the numerous selfish advisers stand aside so that the welfare of Liberia can for once be preeminent,” Madam Gbowee entreated.

Without sugar-coating her words, Madam Gbowee charged the opposition leaders to see themselves as the best alternative in terms of saving the impoverished masses from their current lethargic state.

“Joseph N. Boakai, Alexander Benedict Cummings, and Tiawon Saye Gongloe, the power of life and death of the opposition is in your hands. You all have two options, unite and let Liberia thrive or continue as individuals and allow Liberia to struggle,” she pleaded.

The outspoken activist, whose tenacity and activism helped to broker the Liberian peace pact in August 2023 in Acrra, Ghana, disclosed that she has been approached to serve as vice presidential candidate to some opposition politicians, but refused because the opposition community seems so  disintegrated.

“Over the last few months, I have received, both privately and publicly, calls from numerous Liberians to serve as the vice presidential candidate to various opposition politicians in a bid to oust the CDC government at the polls in October 2023.

“My answer is a resounding NO to everyone! The decision is based on the fact that President Weah, regardless of how we feel and think about him, still has a base of Liberians who believe in him and his ability. Hence any chance for a regime change is only possible through a collaborative approach.

“The last few years, many Liberians were extremely happy when some opposition political parties came together and formed the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP). Therefore, it seems many Liberians are eagerly pining for the prospect of politicians setting aside their egos for Liberia’s sake as the presidential elections draw near. Such an approach informs the younger generation that there are still few patriots who would sacrifice their ambition for the nation’s sake, which only serves to promote peace and stability,” Madam Gbowee stated emphatically.

Gbowee’s call for consolidation of the opposition camp comes in the wake of the near-collapse of the CPP following months of legal wrangling over allegations that Mr. Cummings and others had altered the CPP Framework Document. The rancor resulted to the Unity Party and All Liberian Party breaking away and leaving the CPP in the hands of ANC’s Alexander Cummings.

The wrangling also saw the opposition Liberty Party (LP) being split right in the middle, with its National Chairman Musa Hassan Bility and other party stalwarts pledging their support to Mr. Cummings and the CPP; while LP’s embattled Political Leader Senator Nyonblee Karngar-Lawrence and some  breakaway LP stalwarts pulled their weight behind Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the Unity Party.

Pundits believe that the raw quest for power as was manifested in the struggle for leadership of the CPP speaks volume about the opposition leaders’ lack of commitment to forego their individual egos and pitch under one tent.

“That’s the only way the opposition can win Weah in 2023. Weah and his Congress for Democratic Change lost twice against Ellen, but when Weah finally decided to forge a formidable opposition with the NPP and the LPDP, the three leaders were smart to not fight over who would lead the Coalition for Democratic Change. The CDC went to the 2017 elections not having to worry about court issues and internal wrangling. But this new CPP is the exact opposite of what the citizens are yearning for. They have disappointed and confused the voters. Instead of fighting to remove Weah, they are still attacking each other on Facebook and in the press. I hope in the end they don’t cry foul when Weah flogs them,” says Trokon Stevens of New Kru Town.

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