Senator George Weah has proposed the coalition of political parties as the best alternative to retire the Unity Party led government at the 2017 polls.
Presidential elections will be held in two years with an expected full field of candidates in the quest for national leadership. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is serving her second and final term.
Speaking over the weekend in Ganta City, Nimba County, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political leader, Senator Weah, noted that capturing state power in 2017 requires a “shared vision” that will bring together the best minds from the Liberian political arena to successfully counter the Unity Party’s quest for an uninterrupted 12 years of governance.
Said Weah, “We are very mindful that the unfolding political equation towards 2017 speaks about cooperation and collaboration among political parties and politicians with shared vision.
“When we speak of political collaboration we speak not solely of increased numerical strength but essentially of consensus building on key national issues. The CDC is therefore open to dialogue and will in fact encourage cooperation and collaboration with other political parties and politicians. However, we will certainly not sacrifice our values and shared vision on the altar of numerical strength.”
The Montserrado County lawmaker’s comments contradict previous assertions by some of his party officials, including National Chairman Nathaniel McGill, that “Weah will not be second to any candidate come 2017.”
It can be recalled that prior to the 2011 elections, similar comments about Weah being the best choice to lead the CDC as a frontrunner were heard many times from party stalwarts, but it turned out that Weah eventually yielded his status to UN trained diplomat Cllr. Winston Tubman.
The former FIFA world best soccer legend again defended the assertions of his dominance by saying, “If we have to do it alone, we can and we will.”
Again, knowing that in two previous elections CDC has failed to collect the majority of votes required to govern the state, Weah noted, “We rather not, because, political cooperation and collaboration will strengthen our national vision and build consensus on national policy issues.”
He described the planned political marriage as “essential in sustaining the peace and driving development.”
To achieve this policy objective, he said, “The CDC will and must remain at the helm of any political collaboration to ensure that the confidence reposed in us by our mass followers is not betrayed.”
According to him, “CDC believes that peace is cardinal to development and it can only be achieved through social justice, equal opportunity and equitable distribution of the national wealth.”