The Standard Bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC Senator George Manneh Weah is ecstatic, telling Liberians that thousands of people probably voters are trooping to his party ahead of the runoff presidential election.
Addressing thousands of partisans, sympathizers, and friends late Wednesday, 6 December at the CDC headquarters, he says electorate are heading to the Coalition on grounds that they believe it is the only bacon of hope and transformation.
Senator Weah receives rousing welcome here Wednesday upon return from abroad where he reportedly met with some world leaders on Liberia’s political future. Liberians turned out in their hundreds of thousands to show their support and commitment to the CDC.
Weah did not hide his feelings about how proud he is to be the leader of a group of people he describes as “committed people.” “Some of you, I got to know when you were 12 years old in 2005; today I see some of the same faces after 12 years."
"I still see some of these faces in the crowd here today. I want to say I am grateful and will always be for your commitment.”The Coalition standard bearer boastfully informs his partisans of how prepared the party is to campaign in the same manner like it did in the first round of voting in October.
He says if campaign were declared opened today, the CDC is ready to campaign throughout the length and breadth of the country.“We are prepared to launch a vigorous campaign. We will double our efforts in the campaign for a second round victory. What we need is stability for our country so that the younger generation can achieve their dreams. We need new ideas,” he stresses.
Senator Weah and Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai of the governing Unity Party are going for the runoff. Accordingly, the Supreme Court of Liberia, has lifted the prohibition placed on all electoral activities and instructed the National Elections Commission to announce a new schedule for the runoff poll, which had been earlier slated for 7 November 2017.
Following the first round of the polls in October, several partisans of the Liberty Party or LP, the Movement for Economic Empowerment or MOVEE, All Liberian Party or ALP, among others, pledged support to the CDC.It seems these newcomers haven’t been welcomed by the diehard supporters of the party.
Sensing this rejection, Senator Weah used the occasion to appeal to his strong supporters, to accept and work with them in order to make the party stronger and better.
“Fellow citizens, I want you to consider all of our members, who left us and have come back because they have realized that this is the only party that shows love and commitment for its members. For some, the reasons they left are genuine and some went to experience life out of the CDC and for that I say please work with them, he pleads.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor