This seems like no joking business; the Congress for Democratic Change might get ready to face a battle from within come 2017 as one of its founding executives has jumped the boat to form a new party.
The CDC ex-organizing Chairman Orishall Gould, who was violently chased out of the party convention in Tubmanburg, Bomi County last month, has embarked on the formation of a proposed party, dubbed the Alternative National Congress or ANC.
Gould is currently involved in holding consultative meetings across the country to solicit the support from citizens in a campaign that may likely split the CDC. He was in Gbarnga, Bong County on Sunday along with some followers, and met with some former CDC officials in the county, including district coordinators and other citizens.
He told the gathering that the proposed ANC will provide an alternative vision for the country that Liberians could rely on in electing the next leadership in 2017.
Gould was in Tubmanburg for the CDC convention as a candidate, running against George Solo for the party national chairmanship, but escaped the county after an elite group of thugs under the banner 'Sabu Unit', said to have been supported by Solo, went on the rampage, brutalizing supporters of Gould.
During the Gbarnga gathering, Gould described the CDC as a dead institution, saying the party is no more dependable as it was on the road to meeting its political demise. He also described George Weah as a dictator, who always wants to impose his will, crushing all dissenting views.
Gould noted that he was chased out of Tubmanburg because Weah knew he was poised to win the Chairmanship, and Weah preferred his best friend George Solo, who was eventually declared Chairman-elect unopposed. According to him, Weah disgraced members of the party during the convention when observers from the United Nations and other international groups had gone to observe the process.
"It was the Sabu Unit that had cutlasses in their hands looking for people to wound; we can't live like this in this country when people who are talking about taking state power, are unable to democratically control a political party" Gould added.
He said the proposed ANC is not a breakaway party from the CDC, as its founding members include people from every political party and ordinary citizens. He disclosed that the proposed Alternative National Congress (ANC) is receiving huge support both at home and abroad, adding that next week, a seven-man delegation will leave for the United States to lobby for more support among Liberians there.
Gould revealed that all county coordinators of the CDC have joined the proposed ANC and are now taking the vision to the people. He said the international community is looking around to see who replaces President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf after her last term, but the CDC as the main opposition party in the country has not been able to conduct itself in a way that will demonstrate leadership.
However, reacting to news of the formation of a proposed party by Gould, the Secretary General of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Nathaniel McGill noted that Orishall Gould still holds membership within the CDC. He declined to give detail on grounds that that CDC is now more concentrated on moving forward than focusing on matters of "no relevance."