CDC: 2014 Senatorial Elections and Beyond

Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill

The secretary general of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Nathaniel McGill, has joined the competition for a place at the 53rd National Legislature.

McGill recently announced his bid to contest as a candidate on the CDC ticket for Gbarpolu County in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election.

From all indications, having a primary to elect CDC’s candidate for that post is a mere bluff; Amb. George Weah’s friends and chosen ones in the party have never lost to anyone in the primaries.

Evidence: the fact that the CDC convention in Bomi County that brought to power the likes of George Solo, Representatives Solomon George, Munah Pelham-Youngblood, and Acarous M. Gray among others was “stage-managed,” as sources closed to the party have hinted.

If sources are correct, this means that McGill would challenge incumbent Theodore Momo, Daniel Naathan who was beaten in 2011 elections, and Representative Gertrude Lamin, who is being reported as the choice of Senator Armah Z. Jallah of the same county.

According to McGill, he wants to join forces with the CDC contingent including Amb. George Weah at the Capitol Building to propagate the CDC’s agenda, a move he (McGill) considers critical to the survival of the party.

“To have a strong and influential Secretary General of the biggest opposition party in the Legislature means a whole lot to the CDC and the people of Liberia. The county is underrepresented at the Senate and we have made that move now in order to redeem our people,” McGill said. 

Amb. Weah is also vying for a seat in Montserrado County, a quest many encouraged but has been challenged by few politicians.

On the other hand, Weah has been seen as a politician who provided elected jobs for many people who never dreamed of occupying prominent positions in government.

The CDC political leader, in one of his public speeches, named Rep. Solomon George as one of those persons whom he (Weah) personally encouraged to join him so that he (Weah) could have an elected job.

Other CDC stalwarts, Weah himself no doubt included, consider 2014 the year in which Weah can get an elected job in an effort to learn government and prepare for the presidency, a job he twice contested already and failed.

Many politicians who still have eyes on the presidency, such as Cllr. Charles Brumskine and others, strongly oppose Weah’s bid for the Senate, political commentators have intoned.

According to these political commentators, Weah having an opportunity to work in the Senate might give him (Weah) the courage and zealousness to stand for the presidency in 2017, a move many consider to be an “uphill battle,” as very few feel he has a chance of winning.

Politicians have started throwing their weight behind new-comer Benjamin Sanvee to battle Weah in Montserrado, a county that is the stronghold of the CDC as statistics from previous elections have proven.

How strong both McGill and Weah’s support bases are for the respective seats will determine the popularity of the CDC in the Legislature, a party that lost its majority to the ruling Unity Party in the 2011 Elections. 


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