CDCians Welcome Victory with Celebrations

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A die-hard CDCian shows her joy for the victory

Thousands of partisans of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) yesterday in Monrovia and throughout the country could not hold back their joy, with many of them proclaiming the beginning of an unspecified number of days of jubilation to celebrate former soccer star George Weah’s presidential victory.

NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya’s first provisional announcement that the CDC had secured 61.5 percent of the total 98.1 percent of the total votes tallied in the runoff elections, was overwhelmingly interpreted to mean that Weah has eclipsed Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai in the election.

And they are probably right.

From Paynesville to Duala and across the country, CDC partisans flooded the streets congratulating one another for a job well done. “We said we would retire old man Boakai,” many said.

Said a young female supporter near the ELWA Junction: “Today our problems will be over”; and like her, many of the young partisans are convinced that a Weah Administration will be the end of their ‘suffering.’

Of course, CDC partisans, particularly party leaders, including its deputy campaign manager for operations, Mulbah Morlu, did not express any surprise over the victory.

“It was a foregone conclusion that we (CDC) would win because for twelve years the UP did not do well for the country and we wanted a new party to take over from them,” said a partisan.

“We will be building a new Liberia to make sure that ordinary Liberians will get jobs and not suffer.”

Like him, many unemployed and unskilled Liberians are ‘sure’ that Weah’s leadership will change their economic difficulties for the better.

“Look at the price of gas,” another chipped in, though apparently dismissing claims by petroleum regulatory authorities including LPRC and the Ministry of Commerce, that Liberia’s petroleum prices are some of the lowest in the West African subregion. “Consider many of us who are not able to find work. Boakai served as vice president for twelve years and his government did not ease poverty and suffering… we will now have a president that loves the country and will satisfy our desires.”

Jubilating CDCians also have further expectations.

CDC supporters rejoice after the NEC announced the initial result from the Presidential runoff Election held on 12-26-17

For instance, many of those interviewed for this article told the Daily Observer that past leaders, with particular reference to the outgoing administration, did some good, but was not enough. On the other hand there were those who said blankly: “The Unity Party government did nothing in the country!”

When they were reminded of the refurbished hydropower facility, the roads to Ganta and Buchanan, the new RIA terminal and runway and the new ministerial complex, many said: “It should not have taken 12 years to complete.”

Truly, many interviewed demonstrated bitterness towards the Unity Party; and while not blaming Boakai for what went wrong, they said he lost favor with them because he served 12 years as vice president under the current regime.

“What he did not do over the past twelve years,” a CDCian said, “he would not do it in the next six.”

In the midst of what they see as the UP’s failure to win the people over, they (CDCians) joined others and danced the night away.

And for the disappointed Unity Party and their partisans, they may have learned a bitter lesson in disunity and deception. Truly, Liberian politicians who participated in the just ended elections may also have come to learn the painful truth that Liberian voters are an unusual set of people.  They’re not as gullible as politicians would like to think; and would hold their cards to their chests all the way to the ballot box.

“They vote because they like a candidate,” admitted a Liberty partisan, “not because they know a candidate’s ability” — an interesting point that may not have any meaning for those who are rejoicing for their hard earned victory.

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  1. BRAVO LIBERIAN WE GOT A LOVING LEADER NOW LEADER WHO LOVE HIS PEOPLE’S. WAEC FEES FREE. HOSPITALS FEES FREE, FREE FOODS FOR OUR PEOPLE’S DAILY, BUILD GOOD ROADS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, FOOTBALL ACADEMY ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. WOW GOOD NEWS FOR LIBERIANS AND GOOD SALARYS FOR OUR PEOPLE’S

    • Hahaha dude, you’re funny. So you want everything free ehn? So who will pay for your free stuff, the government? Sit down there, don’t go find job to . smh

    • Well…”free, free, free. Keep dreaming. Liberia is a Democratic nation, citizens have to earn their living. You want everything free? than vote next time to make Liberia a socialist society.

    • Reliable sources tell us that President Elect, Hon. G. M. Weah was born in Liberia, by a Kru mother. His father is known to be a Ghanaian. Thus President Weah’s Ghanaian name is Opong. Yes Indeed! There is a Ghanaian connection; just as U.S. President Barack Obama have a Kenyan connection. Obama’s father was Kenyan. Que sara, sara; “Whatever Will Be, Will Be”. George Opong Weah was destined, to be President, Republic Of Liberia.

  2. Congratulation Mr. President-elect, George Weah, on your winning this hard fought election! The election is now over. The real task of governing, rebuilding, and reconciling our divided nation is now upon your new administration to be.

    Be mindful of political opportunists (parasites)! They will give you wrong advice, however detrimental to national unity and economic development, just to satisfy their political goals and personal aggrandizement (interest) at your expense of winning the presidency. These political opportunists brought down the Tolbert government; brought down Doe’s government; brought down Taylor’s government; and finally corrupted Sirleaf’s government.

    As I said in my previous post, this election is not about George Weah’s popularity, nor is it about the long government service of the just defeated V.P. Joe Boakai. This election is about the national welfare of Liberia and all it citizens.

    Just as the forgotten blue-collard workers and the unemployed Americans got tired of traditional politicians, they voted for a political novice and businessman called Donald Trump to be president of the United States; so as the poor masses of Liberia voted for a non-traditional politician and former soccer-star called George Weah to be president of Liberia. This is a new paradigm shift in Liberia’s political dispensation.

    George Weah put his ego aside and formed a coalition party. There were many good candidates in the race but they could not put their egos aside to form a political coalition that would have been a formidable opposition party just like that of the CDC. As a result of so many small parties, they all lost wholeheartedly in the first round. What a lesson learned from being so selfish!!!

    Secondly, many Liberians were upset when the Nov. 7th run-off was delayed because of the Constitutional challenges brought on by the LP and others: the fraud and irregularities charges. The good that came from this delay was the pressure put on NEC by the Supreme Court: for NEC to correct the many electoral problems that would have made the original Nov. 7th run-off more chaotic if not for the corrective action put in place that resulted in a more orderly and transparent Dec. 26th run-off election that just ended peacefully.

    Liberians should give themselves a pat on the back for using the legal means of resolving our electoral conflicts unlike what we witnessed in other African countries recently. We have surely come a long way from using violence and guns to resolve our national crisis. It is easy to destroy a nation than to build a nation!

    May God grant George Weah and his team the wisdom to put God and the nation first in all their deliberations! The election is over! Liberia’s peace and unity is greater than any single individual.

    Congratulation Mr. President-Elect, George Weah!!!! Make Liberia better again!!!

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