As the much anticipated Liberia’s 2017 general and presidential elections draw closer, the once dethroned Standard Bearer of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Cllr. Winston Tubman is said to be opting for his return to the party with the same political title.
Speaking on a local radio station yesterday, the learned Liberian legal practitioner said he is making all necessary arrangements for his ‘coming back’ to the CDC, noting, that he has already prevailed on the leadership for his quest.
Just a week ago, the political leader of the party, Senator George Weah appealed to a huge gathering comprising of partisans of his party in Monrovia to vote him into office as President of Liberia come 2017 in the midst of recently organized coalition between his party and two other opposition political parties.
The three parties that formed the coalition were the National Patriotic Party (NPP) of former detained Liberian leader, Charles Taylor, the Liberia People’s Democratic Party (LPDP) of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
According to the ‘Article of Collaboration,’ the parties agreed that the standard bearer and the vice standard bearer will not come from the same party; and that the main opposition party, CDC, shall nominate the standard bearer. “That the Standard Bearer of the Coalition shall choose his/her running mate from any of the other parties from the Coalition,” the document said. As for the administration of the coalition, it will be managed by a Governing Council and Executive Committee.
The Governing Council will comprise the Standard Bearer and Vice Standard Bearer, the parties’ Political Leaders, Chairmen, Secretary Generals and three eminent members from each party. The Executive Committee will comprise the Chairmen of the three political parties, and one of the three shall be the chairman of the coalition.
The other two shall be Vice Chairman and Secretary General respectively. The three Secretary Generals of the parties will be the three deputy secretary generals of the coalition, for Administration, Operation and Press/Public Affairs, respectively. There will also be three wings, Golden Generation, Jubilee Generation and the Millennium Generation. The ‘Article of Collaboration’ also says the sitting members of the Legislature of the Coalition will reserve the right of nomination to the seat, and should vote as a ‘bloc’ on major issues that affect national concerns.
Political analysts who spoke to our reporter said this new development on the part of Senator Weah without making reference to the other political parties in the merger may become a serious setback to the coalition.
In a related development, dozens of partisans of the All Liberian Party (ALP) of businessman Benoni Urey last week defected due to unannounced reason, and have joined the Alternative National Congress (ANC).
By: Joel C. Brooks