The political leader of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Senator George M. Weah, yesterday released a caveat stating that his political organization will in no way sit down and see their democratic rights infringed upon.
Making remarks at a welcome ceremony held in his honor at the CDC headquarters in Congo Town, Weah said for too long the Liberian people have suffered in the hands of the ruling Unity Party and this time is their time to lead.
“Today we are here to tell the world that we are a peaceful party but our democratic rights will not be infringed on. No way in the history of this country again our rights will be taken away from us,” he noted.
Weah, who returned from his parliamentarian duty at the headquarters of ECOWAS in Abuja, Nigeria, said that his coalition is ready to go back to the polls but preferably in a runoff election so as to take the mantle of state from UP. “As the Supreme Court decides tomorrow (Dec. 7) we want to vote for our leader that will take care of this country and move us from point A to point Z,” he said.
He said his coalition is prepared to campaign vigorously and frustrate Vice President Joseph Boakai who heads the UP’s ticket at the 2017 polls. “Liberian people are angry with Joseph Boakai and they will prove it to him at the polls by voting him out. Nyumah Boakai and his Unity Party have caused the country serious delay and they will have to take their pay by voting them out,” Weah underscored.
“We have to double our campaign efforts so that when Nyumah Boakai is sitting in his living room on the day of results announcement he will know that Liberians are angry with him. I know he is general but the days of being general are over,” he said.
The CDC standard bearer said his party is trying to make Liberia a better country in which all will feel that they are a part of the development and its progress. “We are now trying to make this country a better country that everyone will come to develop. All we need is civility so children that want to be lawyers, children that want to be doctors and women that want to be nurses, businessmen and women can gain growth so they can take care of their generation,” he promised.
He pointed out that the time now is not a time for fighting but a time to use ideas and change situations and move the country forward. “Mr. Boakai knows that he doesn’t have the strength. He is buying time by joining Liberty Party in a case alleging fraud and irregularities, but nothing will save him. Whatever he thinks, Liberian people will go to the polls and vote him out,” Weah said.
He called on his supporters; mainly the Coalition’s agents at the polls during either a runoff or a rerun to be watchful and make sure the ballot boxes are protected against fraudulent acts.
“No one will take what belongs to you. I want to thank you for keeping the peace of this country. You have kept it for twelve years and you are still doing the same. Liberia will rise again,” he noted.
He expressed his delight for most of the young voters now who were ineligible to vote in 2005 as well as 2011 for becoming eligible for the 2017 elections and going forward. “Today, I am the proudest man on earth. I am the proudest man because some of you were twelve years back in 2005 and could not vote. Some of you were anxious to vote in 2011 but you could not because you did not reach the required age. Today you are fit to vote and will vote me, your leader you love,” he said.
Earlier, the chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change as well as the Coalition, Mr. Nathaniel Magill said no matter what delay tactics are placed before the electoral process, George Weah will become the 24th president of Liberia. “When we were aggrieved in 2005 and 2011 we had many options, most of them more critical and troubling but for the sake of peace, we let things go. They don’t want to and it is their right but we will no longer sit and watch them take away from us what belongs to us,” Magill said.
He noted that as the ruling comes from the Supreme Court today what they know will be in the best interest of the country is the runoff and it definitely will be announced today.
The Supreme Court is expected to hand down it’s ruling in the LP, UP versus NEC’s case today at 3:00 p.m. A complaint filed in by LP accused the NEC of committing massive fraud and gross irregularities in the October 10 representative and presidential elections, which was heard by the NEC but with LP not getting the satisfaction it wanted it pleaded with the Supreme Court to place a permanent stay order on the November 7 proposed runoff between the two parties (UP and CDC) that got the most votes as announced by the NEC on October 19.
UP, on the other hand, intervened in the LP’s case; thereby causing more time (nearly a month) in the investigation as over 20 witnesses were brought forward to testify against the Commission. LP produced 12 witnesses but, after the ruling from the chief hearing officer was upheld by the NEC Board of Commissioners, a joint appeal was filed to the Supreme against the Commission’s ruling.