Over 300 local government officials, serving in Nimba County Administration, headed by Superintendent David Dorr Cooper, on Saturday, October 6, renounced their memberships with their respective previous political parties, and crossed over to the ruling Coalition for Democracy Change (CDC).
The occasion, which was observed by officials of the CDC, including its Chairman Molubah Morlu, began with a parade through the main street of Ganta to the Wuo Tarpiah Memorial Hall on the outskirts of Ganta, where Supt. Cooper read the cross-over statement.
Supt. Cooper paid tribute to Senator Prince Y. Johnson as a ‘godfather’ of the Nimba body politic, seeking for his help to make the party succeed during its first six years.
“We make a guarantee and sustain our decision to join the CDC so as to win the 2020, and 2023, senatorial and general presidential elections,” Supt. Cooper said.
Supt. Cooper, who has been described as the second most popular person in the county next to Senator Johnson, is believed to be among those expressing interest to contest in the 2020 senatorial election.
Though he did not make any statement regarding his political ambition, he said he was joining the CDC to ensure a victory in 2020, but could not explain what political currency he would leverage apart from promising good road networks.
Among the new CDC partisans were members and supporters of the former ruling Unity Party, who attendees at the occasion described as “gravy seekers”.
The chief elder of Nimba, Peter Barlon, along with other chiefs, presented kola nuts to the CDC Chair, and pledged their flinching support to the government of President George Weah.
Barlon and colleagues were among those whose names and signatures were affixed on the statement of support to the CDC. However, he denied claims that the chiefs were politicians, adding, “we (chiefs) support any power that be, whether it the CDC or not.”
“We the chiefs are not politicians, we are the owners of the country, so we support any government as advisors,” he said.
Mr. Morlu has meanwhile welcomed the new CDCians as bonafide partisans with all rights and privileges to participate in any CDC activities to move the country forward.
Morlu said the CDC does not discriminate, but accepts anyone, whether educated, farmer, wheelbarrow pushers, etc. He said that the CDC has taken people from nowhere and made them senators and representatives.