UP, LP Members Defect to CDC

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Opposition politicians who crossed over to the CDC on Dec. 19, including (front row, from right) Henry Fahnbulleh, Emmanuel Munyeneh and Alphonso Socrates Nimene.

On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, six members of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) and opposition Liberty Party (LP) defected to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and pledged their commitment to the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development under President George Weah.

Of the six persons, Cllr. Sagbeh is the only LP partisan, who transitioned to the ruling party, while the remaining five were members of former ruling Unity Party.

The partisans, included P. Emmanuel Munyeneh, Alphonso Socrates Nimene, H. Sneh Johnson, Cllr. George D. W. Sagbeh, and Henry Fahnbulleh, the former Unity Party Representative for Montserrado County Electoral District #4.

During yesterday’s ceremony at the CDC headquarters in Congo Town, Mr. Fahnbulleh said he was delighted to move to the ruling party, indicating that he owes no one an apology for joining the Coalition for Democratic Change.

“I want to pledge my sincere commitment to President George Weah and officials of the CDC, including all partisans toward achieving the Pro-poor agenda for Prosperity and Development,” Fahnbulleh declared.

He added, “President Weah is a very kind man, and I am humbled today to declare my support to the agenda he has crafted,” Mr. Fahnbulleh said.

Mr. Fahnbulleh said he will retire politically at the CDC, “because it is the best place to be to contribute to the country’s development.”

Mr. Fahnbulleh said he was delighted when President George Weah visited him at his residence; an opportunity, which he said he never witnessed from the former ruling party executive over the years he spent with the party.

“I did not one day see former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf or the former Vice Presodent Joseph N. Boakai come to visit me at my residence. And so, President Weah is a gift to humanity, and this is why I have no regret for supporting him in the 2014 senatorial election,” Mr. Fahnbulleh said.

Yesterday’s ceremony brought together government officials, lawmakers and partisans of the CDC, including Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah; National Port Authority Managing Director Bill Twehway; Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Williametta Piso Saydee Tarr; as well as the Mayor of Monrovia and CDC Youth league chair, Jefferson T. Koijee.

Others included Montserrado County Representatives Thomas Fallah (District #5), Acrous Moses Gray (District #8) and Solomon George (District #7).

CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu lauded the new partisans for joining the ruling party, saying, “you have demonstrated your support, and will live to see the 12 years of President Weah’s good leadership.”

According to chairman Morlu, the decision taken by the newly inducted partisans was not just in the interest of the party but the country.

“Today as you join us, you automatically enjoy the rights as any other partisan of the CDC. We will protect you as our own. If anyone touches you, they have touched the CDC’s partisans. We remain committed to defending you to the fullest as long as you remain a partisan of the CDC,” Morlu assured the party’s newcomers.

Other new partisans also pledged their commitment to work with the party to ensure that the Pro-poor Agenda of President Weah can successfully transform the country.

31 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations on your defection! I’m in my basement, popping champagne, and emailing all my political prostitutes friends, to jump on the CDC Gravy Train before it leaves the station! It’s the fastest route to a taxpayer funded job! 3,2,1..All aboard! (Chop! Chop! Chop! Chop! Chop!…)

    • Martin – These guys are desperate for jobs…simple as that. And the GoL is the only game in town so there you go. Liberian politicians jump ship like pirates LOL.

  2. These guys should be investing the stolen money from the past administration, not finding ways to steal more from the Liberian people. CDC ruling party should be careful .

  3. CDC transfer window open for all those who lack integrity. Let me warn you guys, if any of you in the web of corruptions from the past government and seeking protection in CDC ,you are fighting a loosing battle. We are prepared to expose all your wicked transactions in a sooner and possible time.

  4. Here in america, if the democratic party wins the election, the republican party members rally their troops for the next election and vice versa. they do not switch parties just because they lost an election. In liberia, dumb Weah believes that these so called patriots ( oops rogues) really love him and the CDC—wrong. these are sycophants (flatterers) who wander here and there looking for jobs. they know the Unity party affiliation is not a good resource on a job application or a resume so, to where the billions are—CDC. Liberia recycles rogues like salvation army recyles clothes.

  5. CDC is where the action is; you know the place where everyone can go to chup(eat). There is enough elephant meat there, find your way there to get some. What dam shame and a joke to think that we don’t know why these people are deflecting to CDC. The money road leads there! The Liberian parable “everyday for rogue one day for master” will happen to these people. One day they will pay or their iniquities will be visited upon their children unto the third and fourth generation. These people are batheing in money while the masses are living in abject poverty and hardship. One wonders how do they sleep at night,are their conscion dead? We serve a God who sees and rewards accordingly in due time.

  6. This goes to show you the mindset of many “typical” Liberian politicians. Now, there is nothing wrong with switching from one party to the next for the right reasons and in good faith. Let’s do some petty calculus on Fahnbulleh.

    “During yesterday’s ceremony at the CDC headquarters in Congo Town, Mr. Fahnbulleh said he was delighted to move to the ruling party, indicating that he owes no one an apology for joining the Coalition for Democratic Change.

    “I want to pledge my sincere commitment to President George Weah and officials of the CDC, including all partisans toward achieving the Pro-poor agenda for Prosperity and Development,” Fahnbulleh declared.

    He added, “President Weah is a very kind man, and I am humbled today to declare my support to the agenda he has crafted,” Mr. Fahnbulleh said.

    Mr. Fahnbulleh said he will retire politically at the CDC, “because it is the best place to be to contribute to the country’s development.” ”

    First off, the man is very arrogant and inappreciative to the UP and the Liberian people at large. Instead of defiantly stating that he owes nobody an apology, he should be explaining in detail why he left the UP. Why didn’t he join CDC during it’s opposition days ? Why now ? Didn’t he know Weah was a kind man before?
    Anyone who believes this man will retire politically @ CDC, doesn’t understand politics (Liberian politics in particular).

    “Mr. Fahnbulleh said he was delighted when President George Weah visited him at his residence; an opportunity, which he said he never witnessed from the former ruling party executive over the years he spent with the party.

    “I did not one day see former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf or the former Vice Presodent Joseph N. Boakai come to visit me at my residence. And so, President Weah is a gift to humanity, and this is why I have no regret for supporting him in the 2014 senatorial election,” Mr. Fahnbulleh said.”

    Is Weah’s visit at your residence relevant for your gravy seeking move? Is it at all relevant that you be visited? And by the way , why didn’t you leave UP when you observed Sirleaf didn’t pay you a visit ? Was that going to be an issue if the tables were turned and UP had won? I don’t believe so. Your support to him during the 2014 senetorial elections was a cowardly move to sit on the wall while in UP. I am quite sure you must have assured UP a lifetime support/affiliation. Politics in Liberia as usual.

    All these renegade deserters are a RED FLAG! No Liberian should trust anything they say and if CDC is worth it’s salt, it would allow these guys to hold any post in the government. Let them remain ordinary party members and see how long they stay!

  7. All these renegade deserters are a RED FLAG! No Liberian should trust anything they say and if CDC is worth it’s salt, it wouldn’t allow these guys to hold any post in the government. Let them remain ordinary party members and see how long they stay!

  8. Liberian politicians are like pirates – they jump from ship to ship to collect their loot. They must feel some humiliation but it’s their means to an end.

  9. Mr. Call Me John Doe,
    As I red the comments of this blog’s respondents, I did so with keen interest. Then to my utter surprise, there you were making your own waves as you’ve done on previous occasions. After a two-month hiatus, you’ve decided to return. Welcome back, Mr. John Doe. It’s a pleasure to read your comments once again. Maybe we can cook some soup, but of course, not kangaroo soup as that guy does in Australia.

    With regard to the breakaway of “some” partisans from UP and LP, no one knows their motivations. Are these men and women hungry? Is this an economic stunt or a sabotage? I totally agree with your call for CDC’s tacticians to exercise maximum caution. On the other hand, it is not egregious for Americans to swith parties. In fact, it happens all the time. But there’s a way it happens in the US than what’s being observed in Liberia. For example, president Trump is the salient reason why some Americans crossover. Trump is seen by his enemies as a moron!

    Okay, let’s look at Liberia for a second. The crossover or breakaway of people in Liberia, is not being done because of Weah the president. People in Liberia are jumping to a political ship (the CDC) because their respective ships or old parties, are engulfed in an unquenchable political fire. There seems to be turmoil of sorts. However, If Weah were doing a scandalous terrible job, people would switch from the CDC. Rather, people are going to the CDC party. In any case, the CDC must use its moral compass carefully as it embraces the “new enemy-friends”.

    Ha ha, Who knows? Maybe Weah is doing a pretty good job despite all that’s being said by his political enemies.

    • Thank you Sir! Am back , not in full though. I didn’t miss out on reading your comments/input though.You are one of those who make sense on here. Hats off! Haha , you and your “prodigal Australian son” Mr. X… Oh, the letter should be another alphabet.

      On another frequency, I can’t help being saddened by events unfolding in land of the pepper bird. We the common people tend to view these filterless distorting harmonic political oscillations of credibility lacking politicians acting in their own interests rather than that of the sons and daughters of the land as a norm. What a misery!

      We are usually inclined to reason that the party (the advantageous one) being jumped to for “milk and honey” as well as “wine and dining” is gaining assets from the “embattled” party, but no, no, no, all that is being gained here is a partial sum of the negative expertise these deserters acquired and brought with them to the new party. Like you rightly reinforced my stand on the freedom to change parties, it should nonetheless be done justifiably with the people, country and rule of law at heart. Let these individuals be kept on “invisible probational” membership level (ha ha ) til they can prove beyond reasonable doubt they they have repented from their sins (if any) and that they ultimately have no gravy seeking intent.

      Well, I must admit that Weah has done some pretty good jobs (some need follow up and or funding) like for example free education at public institutions of higher learning ( I am not taking a position here on whether it’s working nominally or not, but the idea that this is set into motion alone is an achievement).

      F. S. Hney, wait a minute , last time i checked , your handle was F. Hney right (lol). Well, I would say S stands for Sir F. Hney! Wish you and yours a happy new year!

  10. Phil,
    Do you have any advice for the Liberian political pirates?

    You always call for fixing the Liberian economy and creating good jobs. I agree with you 100% on those two points! Frankly, not too many commenters are as consistent as you on the particular topic of job creation and the fixing of Liberia’s economy.

    But on some occasions, you chide some commenters, including me, for critiquing politicians like Cummings. You argue that instead if offering solutions, we criticize!

    Phil, it seems that “some” Liberian politicians are clueless neophytes. I’ve noticed your frustration above. You argue that “Liberian politicians are like pirates”. Again, you are right.

    The problem here is that things in Liberia are not properly structured. We need a re-alignment. We need to restructure. During the last presidential election, 25 political parties were formed eventhough our democracy in Liberia is presidential, not parliamentary.

    We need two main political parties in Liberia. That’s how it is in most potent democratic nations. Two main political parties! By saying two main political parties, I am not suggesting that only two candidates will always energe to contest each other. As long as there are two main political parties, any number of men and women may run.

    Furthermore, during a presidential season, we could do something in Liberia that parallels the US primary system. For instance, in 2020, presidential candidates in the US will caucus in Iowa, the first state. The “primary” will start in New Hampshire.
    In Liberia, if we were structured, candidates would go from county to county in alphabetical order until the last county. In this scenario, if a particular candidate’s numbers do not add up as candidates go from county to county, the “handwriting on the wall” will tell a story of doom. There were 25 candidates during the last presidential run, yet some of them didn’t travel two miles away from their homes. Yeah, no wonder why you call them pirates! They are pirates who care for themselves only. We are not structured.

    So what advice do you have for the political pirates in Liberia, Phil?

    • F. S. Hney – Well thanks for your observations and I’m glad that we agree on most issues but of course it’s healthy to have different opinion sometimes. With regards to the “political pirates”, they don’t seem to operate on any principle. If you don’t have principles, or some political ideology then you’re like a sail boat without a sail and you float away into oblivion. You would think that we would try to mimic the American political system because of our longstanding relationship with the US but it’s fascinating that we don’t. So, what you have is what you purported to that the party primary system is dysfunctional and simply undemocratic. Generally, Liberians don’t like to follow rules or laws, so everything is zick-zack like my mother used to say.

      Our society is just averse to doing things right or with integrity, so we have nothing but chaos all the time. However, I believe as we go through more election cycles, the strongest parties will survive and thrive and hopefully we would end up with a handful of political parties to contest elections. In fact, voters have even changed their voting behavior now than before in 2005. Before they used to say, “you kill my ma, you kill ma pa and I will vote for you.” Now, they say, “I’ll eat your money, and eat your rice, and I’ll vote against you.” It’s a reflection of a natural evolution of voters gaining more insight and voting in their interest. And that’s very good news. Now, no matter how much money you have, your chances of getting elected in Liberia is slim if they people don’t like you.

  11. If only Liberians know what you are talking about.
    We neither consider integrity nor political platform nor merit to vote people in Liberia. We look at how handsome the “papay” is or how beautiful the “oldma” is or how popular the guy is, leaving the country to continually plunge into a total abyss as compared to other neighboring countries.
    Dear God, when will this era end?

  12. Read, the past tense of read, is what I met in my first sentence above. My brain will be re-charged. Of course, my finger will be spanked.

  13. I want to take this time to welcome the following new partisans onboard: P. Emmanuel Munyeneh, Alphonso Socrates Nimene, H. Sneh Johnson, Cllr. George D. W. Sagbeh, Saye Mayea Cole, and Henry Fahnbulleh, the former Unity Party Representative for Montserrado County Electoral District #4. We are willing to work with you all on pushing the pro poor policy agenda. The election is over and it is time to collaborate and build our nation. Looking forward to seeing more people crossing over.

    • My brother, you don’t need to work with them, they are ones who want to work with you, because right now they are hungry. Can’t you see how some of them bellies have caved in already?

  14. Of all the gravy-seekers and so-called politicians who have defected to the CDC in recent times, I have serious problem with my friend, Henry Fahnbulleh ( I call him “Korean”, and he knows why). This guy served the UP in many capacities, including Youth Wing Chairman, secretary general, couple of deputy ministerial positions, and a member of the parliament, on the party’s ticket. Has he decided to abandon the UP because UP is out of political power today? Will my friend, Fahnbulleh, (“Korean”) rejoin the UP when it regains political power in the future, or will he continue to gallivant from party to another party in pursuit of jobs? “Korean”, man, you need to have spine and character and stop this childishness. You are among those who benefitted from the UP, so why abandon it at this time? There are so many things that you can do to survive,”Korean”. You don’t need to join political party, let alone the CDC, to be relevant. Don’t come back and tell me that it is your right, because I will definitely rubbish it. Have a nice day, “Korean”.

  15. My dear brother, Mr. Call Me John Doe;
    Merry, Merry Christmas to you and family.

    Also, Merry Christmas to the following:
    S. G. Moses,
    Mamadu S. Bah,
    Phil George,
    D. Seboe-Doe,
    Alpha Conneh,
    Martin Scott,
    Hilary Synder,
    Larry Emmerson (get back soon, Larry)
    Opi,
    P. Kortuwah,
    Gbada J,
    Gotombo,
    P. Dolo (you’re a new comer)
    H. Freeman,
    J. Varmah,
    J. Weah and many more whose names I am unable to recall.

    Be blessed y’all. Merry Christmas
    AND A
    Happy New Year…..😀

  16. What some of your shameless critisise everything folks here said when prominent CDCIANS crossed over to the unity party in 2017? Was it for jobs or wanting to buttress the then president national effort? Prominent members like Chariman Cole Bangulo, Jakie Calephat, Eugene Nagbe, Jake Kakpakollie, Dr. Colemon, Milton Teajay and the list goes on. Now it CDC on the receiving end, it is termed as belly driven. You guys are bunch of stone face clueless folks. We are massively succeeding why you keep noise making the politics.

  17. After all said, and nothing done in the first year, the ruling party is attracting more savage minded and corrupt politicians.Every Johnny Tearbutt in Liberia is a politician.

  18. Shame on all of you who are berating the LP and UP members for crossing over to the CDC. You are all shortsighted paranoid neurotics who have fallen victims of historical oblivion. You all are worst off than the guys you are bashing. When Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf ran off from the LAP and crossed over to the UP because Dr. Cletus Wotorson was elected standard bearer of LAP, why couldn’t bash her about it? Your mouths were shut like the mouth of the loins locked in the Den of Lions in Daniel’s presence.

    You sycophants only envisage the rendition of wrong when it’s not individuals of interest to you. I read one intellectual clown speaking about US Democratic and Republican parties fully maintaining their memberships in the midst of political diversity, however do you (of little mind) know that President Donald J. Trump was once a Democrat before crossing over to the Republican party?

  19. @ Emmanuel Whitfield, you said it all. No need to say more my brother. These shameless clown never commented when some individuals migrated from the CDC to Up but now they see it as politically wrong because it’s vice versa. You had more people that migrated from the CDC to UP, but now you all are growling like wild animals when three prominent members of UP cross over to the CDC. What did they ever say when Milton Teahjay swore that if he ever worked for Ellen then hair should grow in his palm, and it didn’t take more than a month after that declaration that he took up appointment as Superintendent in Ellen’s government.

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