The Informer (Monrovia)

26 November 2012

Liberia: Another CDC Switches to ANC - Says CDC Has Lost the Character of a Political Party

One of the founding members of the Congress for Democratic Change [CDC] has resigned from the party, to join the Alternative National Congress [ANC].

Speaking to reporters over the weekend, at the Alternative National Congress[ANC] headquarters, Mr. Yafar V. Baikpeh who among several others gave birth to the Congress for Democratic Change [CDC] because according to him, CDC has lost the character of a party that is guided by a political platform.

He said he resigned from the CDC on August 14, 2012, and embraced the ANC, adding that his vision to join the ANC is not to be in politics for the sake of trivial, personal or selfish collective interests.

According to him, the CDC is no longer coherent; it has become a party that represents only Mr. Weah and his immediate circle of friend's interest. "When we were building CDC, we assured Liberians that it would be different from other parties, in membership base, internal politics, fund rising, leadership selection or election and in all areas of social and economic life", he said.

He noted that today Ambassador Weah and his friends are consolidating their influence and managing the balance of interests at all levels in CDC,s Administration, from imposing his choice of candidates for elected posts to appointing local party executives.

"We can see through the collective efforts of thousands of our partisans, we brought personal soy and self actualization to very few partisans. Today we are lagging far behind in this project, we set out to undertake for our country in 2004 an internal democratic vision, Liberians are still held hostage to poor education, very old and backward economic Laws, makeshift broken down infrastructure, and ineffective, biased and corrupt state apparatus and an embarrassing political culture in our party, the CDC," he explained.

It is necessary to restore the serious tone of political debates.

During his braking of silence since his resignation in August, he stated that I am leaving the party that I helped create with a heavy heart and a sense of sadness. However, I am not leaving the circles of people who brought the CDC in to existence.

He said, I remain in good circles of the people who share a positive vision for our common patrimony. I am not leaving these people but am leaving a political party he concludes.

Should opposition now provide a different description of CDC?

Should CDiCans disagree with others opposition who claims that CDC representatives in the National Legislature regard Geoge Weah not voters?

Opinions and proposals of opposition says, no matter if issues are voiced publicly or privately, do not help when there are no basic forms of internal debates and democratic procedures that allow conclusions to be drawn from such debates.

People believed this is the case with the CDC. Criticism and demands for changes are seen as a sign of personal ambitions, a self desire or an intention to steps into someone else shoes.

In another development, the National Elections Commission [NEC] has written an official letter dated November 9, 2012, authorizing the Alternative National Congress [ANC] for a meeting at the National Elections Commission (NEC].

The ANC party is no longer a football team, as it has been classified by some opposition members.

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