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24 April 2014

Liberia: Money Can't Buy Weah - CDC Rubbishes Senatorial Sellout Rumor

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George Weah.

Monrovia — Liberia's main opposition Congress for Democratic Change popular amongst the huge youthful population has long been accused of trading politics for money with aspirants accordingly making their way on the party's ticket using the mighty dollars.

Before the 2011 general and Presidential elections, Weah and the CDC were accused of receiving money from opposition Politian Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine in order to form an alliance with the Liberty Party to pave the way for Weah to go as vice running mate to Cllr. Brumskine although the CDC denied such allegations.

Weah and Brumskine were said to have held discussions in Ghana and other localities trying to cement a common front to unseat incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf but the talk of Weah and Brumskine collaboration foiled and Weah later joined ranks with Cllr. Winston Tubman.

The Weah and Tubman collaboration were not favored by many partisans of the CDC, many of whom felt Tubman is a member of the long ruling Oligarchy. The CDC eventually came second behind the ruling Unity Party during the first round of voting and refused to contest the runoff on the complaints of vote rigging and other election related irregularities during the first round of voting.

With 2011 gone, Weah and the CDC are now weighing their options in preparation for the 2014 and 2017 elections. Weah recently publicly declared that he will be contesting the pending Montserrado County Senatorial elections to nurture him for the presidency come 2017. But news have been filtering that Weah is considering pledging his support to Robert Sirleaf, son of President Sirleaf to contest on the CDC ticket in Montserrado.

Robert is believed to be cleverly making his way into the popular CDC with an eye on contesting the presidency to replace and protect his mother when her tenure expires in 2017.

President Sirleaf's successor is now becoming the biggest debate in Liberia with indications that the Liberian leader and her kitchen cabinet will endeavor to produce a regime friendly successor to protect them from facing similar feat as the former National Transitional Government of Liberia Chairman, Charles Gyude Bryant who was put on trial on allegations of corruption although the charges were later dropped on the basis of lack of evidence.

Money can't buy Weah

A senior official of the CDC, Mulbah Morlu, Vice Chairman for Operations and Acting Chairman of the party says money cannot buy Weah at the moment. Morlu told a gathering of partisans at a ceremony during the crossover of a one time member of the Unity Party, Dr. Foday Kromah to the CDC.

"Weah cannot be bought with money, he is above the purchase, George Weah is a property of the Liberian people, and you cannot buy that kind of man. Ambassador Weah wants me to tell you that the only thing that can stop him from running is death and God will be gracious to us to let him live to serve as Senator and to be President to serve two terms. So that information is false, it is misleading, it is unfounded, it is gibberish, it has no iota of truth" says Morlu.

The CDC official says only death can stop Weah from contesting the Senatorial seat of Montserrado County in October.

Says Morlu: "The fact that Dr. Kromah came on today when our enemies and opponents are pushing a false debate that suggest that George Manneh Weah will not run in Montserrado speaking from the fact that their wishes, that their thinking that their imagination that Montserrado will go to the opposition is basically flawed, George Weah is going to be a candidate in Montserrado and George Weah is the hurricane that will defeat any foe. If anybody thinks he will bring April fool at the end of April, you need to think".

Morlu continued: "George Manneh Weah, the political elephant of Liberian politics will run in Montserrado". According to him the crossover of Dr. Kromah is an indication that the CDC is at the verge of clinching unto state power.

"The coming of Dr. Kromah signifies that the CDC is at the verge of capturing power and his presence is a technical move that will go in providing new direction, shifting new paradigm to ensure this electoral process will be seized democratically to win landslide that will make it impossible to cheat, even if there is cheating, the margin will be so much distance between us and the second placer that we will still be declared winner of the electoral process".

Morlu described Kromah as a man who worked in a corrupt regime, but was not involved in corrupt activities. "This is a man that spent his professional years serving in corrupt government, but did not commit corruption".

Morlu says Weah; the Political leader of the CDC is upbeat and is eager to meet Dr. Kromah as the party envisages using Kromah's expertise to excel.

"Dr. Kromah is no ordinary man; the presence of intellectual of the highest degree in this conference hall indicates the importance and the relevance he brings to the party. We are aware of that relevance, Ambassador Weah has just communicated to us that after this process, he is waiting to see Dr. Kromah so that we can begin the process immediately so that he can begin to guide us on how to strategize to recruit most important personalities of that magnitude like himself".

The CDC, he says though a big party but it is laying a cool and will be preferred to be considered the least come October 2014 and 2017 in order to avoid complacency which he says could rob the party of victories.

"We are taking an approach like we are the least, we are the biggest party in Liberia, the strongest, but we are building a psychology that we are the least so that we cannot be complacent. We will never be complacent, we are strong, we are big, we have intellectuals, but we will not rest, everyday will be campaigning for us".

Believe in CDC's platform

Dr. Kromah, who served as President and CEO of the National Oil Company of Liberia from 2006 to 2010 while joining the CDC said he believes in the platform and manifestos of the party.

"Today, April 23, 2014, marks an important day in my life. Indeed, important because after many consultations with family members, friends, and thousands of supporters and sympathizers both at home and in the Diaspora, I have decided to be a member of the Congress for Democratic Change, the CDC. "

"We do so because we firmly believe in the platform and manifestos of the party which provide for equality and justice for all. As a result, we have appended our signature to the membership form, which has been approved by the appropriate bonafide member of the Congress for Democratic Change", said Dr. Kromah. Dr. Kromah told the jubilant gathering of CDC partisans and supporters that he brings to the party wealth of experience.

"We have come to the CDC with a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to ensure that its manifestos are implemented to the letter in the interest of this nation and all of our people". He cautioned CDC partisans to remain committed and be law abiding in their political endeavors.

"We wish to admonish all partisans of the CDC to remain resolute, committed, peaceful, law abiding and determined to ensure success for the party in all of its endeavors ad undertakings. I say to you, fear nothing but to do wrong".

The CDC had earlier confirmed on Tuesday that Dr. Kromah was crossing over to the party along with former soccer star James S. Debbah and journalist ZogarJynes but only Dr. Kromah made his CDC membership known on Wednesday.

Protect Weah

Representative Acarous Gray (CDC, District #8 Montserrado County) has cautioned his party executive committee members to do everything possible to protect the political future of their party leader at the Liberian senate. Gray stated that the political future of Weah can only be possible if the party clinches a majority of the seat in the senate during the pending special Senatorial election.

Gray said: "Mr. Mulbah Morlu and members of the executive committee you are under more obligations to take the majority of the senate in the Senatorial election, we cannot gamble the future of our standard barrier we need to add up his percent in voting against issues that disadvantage our people. We have no choice but to move from the village, Town and County to account to double our percentage."

Responding to suggestions that that Weah could lose favor with the Public that could lead to a possible reduction in the number of partisans of the CDC he refused such belief, stating that; "Weah has an overwhelming support from the people to go into the senate so I don't see it as that."

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