-Three filled membership forms
There are talks of ongoing plans for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to offer and convert more political parties into its merger to maintain “power” for 24 years. But to create a “political base or grounds” and jerk the strategy, there is a massive recruitment of representatives and senators including senior citizens from the five southeastern counties as well as Bong, Montserrado and Nimba counties, respectively.
This radical inkling would be a heavy blow for the main opposition party, the Unity Party, which is plagued by in-fighting and an exodus of party members.
On Friday, July 13, the CDC voiced out its tactics, announcing that President George Weah “shall govern for 12 years,” and thereafter turnover the Presidency to another CDC’s candidate for another 12 years.
The ruling coalition Chairman, Mulbah Morlu, said the “President will carefully guide the process of his successor.”
Within seven months, five members of the House of Representatives have joined the CDC including the most recent, Representatives Jay Nagbe Sloh (Sinoe County District #2 – UP), Crayton Oldpa Duncan (Sinoe County District #1 – UP), and Joseph Papa Kolleh (Bong County District #7 – ALP) in a formal program held at the CDC headquarters in Congo Town.
Earlier were Representatives J. Fonati Koffa (Grand Kru County District #2 – LP) and Matthew Zarzar (Sinoe County District #3 – UP). The total number of CDC-loyal Representatives in the Lower House reaches 25.
Besides the CDC’s campaign for 24 years of rule, there is also a strategic political realignment of the incumbent lawmakers to be reelected or seek the senatorial election, along with the 2020 Senatorial Elections and the 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections.
Over the weekend, Rep. Sloh said they are breaking ranks with the UP to join the CDC to help make the party win and build the country.
“We will recruit more representatives and our colleagues from the other side,” Rep. Sloh said.
“We have also petitioned Senator Milton Teahjay to come back to the CDC.”
Rep. Duncan said his joining is for the sake of the people of the country and infrastructure development, while Rep. Kolleh said his membership is “belated.”
House Speaker Bhofal Chambers said he is confident that the President will improve the country.
CDC‘s role in the exodus
There are unconfirmed reports that as part of the CDC’s strategy to maintain power for 24 years, the CDC will also instigate “buying” or “wooing” of opposition parties and shut-up critical voices.
Political analysts believe that the CDC is aiming to dissolve opposition and merge parties, thereby taking advantage of opportunities for politicians who are looking for a new political home.
The future of the opposition
The trio political parties, the UP, the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the Liberty Party (LP) are said to be determined, but it is undeniable that the political shift in the country has begun in earnest as CDC prepares its campaign of power maintenance.