9 May 2016

Liberia: Fear Grips Politicians - Over Weah's Decision for 2017

The opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) says it attention is drawn to series of negative media publicity against its political leader and presidential contender, Senator George Manneh Weah in the wake of Mr. Weah’s declaration of intent to contest the national presidency.

The party indicated that it is not disturbed by the publicity against its leader and added that the propaganda against the party and its leader instead serves as a source of strength in the party’s determination to take over state power at the end of the 2017 presidential and legislative contests.

The National Secretary General of opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Mr. Janga Kowo, who spoke with the paper, sensed out that the negative publicity by the media, especially the FrontPageAfrica, is a scare tactic employed by politicians against the backdrop that pronouncement by the senator to contest the presidency is sending shock into their spines politically.
He maintained that possibility of Senator George Weah becoming the next President of Liberia is causing panic among the politicians and contenders for the presidency, saying that this has motivated them to go about planting stories in the media - making direct reference to reports appearing in the FrontPageAfrica.

In a chat with The ANALYST during the weekend, Kowo indicated that Mr. Rodney Sieh and his FrontPageAfrica have turned out to be what he referred to as “propagandistic” tool of panic driven politicians who are jittering over the CDC political leader’s recent declaration of his intention to contest the presidency during the 2017 elections.

He indicated that the FPA and its publisher Sieh have become instruments being used by these panic driven politicians to throw political dirt on the formidable candidate of the CDC when the paper published series of articles amongst which the paper reported that an arrest warrant was out for Senator Weah in the states for child support, and that Mr. Weah is an American Citizen and shouldn’t be qualified to contest the presidency of the country.

Mr. Kowo expressed dismay that the CDC’s political leader is being mudsling by politicians using some media and media personnel who refused to stand for the rudimentary elements of basic journalism.

He called on CDCians and supporters of the party not to be discouraged by the empty propaganda perpetrated by these politicians who are now gutted by fear that they will be beaten at the polls.
“This time around, the CDC will not comprise its victory, and the party is sure that this second place winner position selectors of presidents for Liberia assigned to the party will be resisted and unaccepted by the part and the masses of the Liberian people.

He pointed out that the CDC has long born this cheating at the polls and negative media publicity and can no longer bear it, adding that that it has born it over the years for the sake of peace.
Recently Liberia’s former soccer legend, Senator George Manneh Weah, officially declared his intention to contest the country’s presidential election during an occasion attended by a mammoth “all blue” crowd in the capital city, Monrovia.

This follows an earlier announcement he made in an exclusive interview with Africanews in Accra where he told the magazine that he will contest Liberia's upcoming presidential election.
The Liberian politician and political leaders of the CDC came first in the first round of the presidential election of 2005, but was declared second to the Unity Party’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the rerun of the polls.

In 2011, Weah stood as vice standard bearing for the CDC, given way to Cllr. Winston Tubman on the CDC ticket who stood neck-to-neck in the first round of polling, but the CDC at the time boycotted the second round of the race on ground of alleged vote rigging.

Weah later contested the senatorial seat for Montserrado County in 2014 at which time he humiliated the son of the President, Mr. Robert Sirleaf, by snatching vast majority of the votes for the seat.
The opposition CDC and Senator Weah, the secretary General of the party said, continue to enjoy overwhelming support from youthful population of the country, calling on the party’s supporters to remain hopeful and to keep hope alive.

“This is our time and we will do all we can this time around to win the elections to lead our people,” Janga Kowo said in apparent reference to a statement made by Ambassador Weah when he declared his intention for the 2017 race.

The CDC’s achievements in the 2005, 2011 presidential elections and the huge support received during the 2014 senatorial elections, coupled with massive turnout of partisans and supporters to the recent “Blue Day” program has formed the basis of panic amongst politicians who have now embarked on story-planting in the media, especially in the FPA against Ambassador Weah, Mr. Kowo added.


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