Friday, November 5, 2010

'Weah-Brumskin Merger is a Failure'

By Varney M. Kamara

Former Bomi County representative Sando Johnson says the reported merger of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Ambassador George M. Weah and Counselor Charles Walker Brumskin of the Liberty Party is a failure.

The NPP stalwart appearing on a local talk show “50-50” on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 said Ambassador Weah must submit to the democratic process if he chooses to become standard bearer of the merger and that Mr. Weah or counselor Brumkin should not be single handedly hand-picked, terming the Weah-Brumskin’s merger recent communiqué as a bogus instrument.

“This is not a football game that we are playing. If Weah wants to be standard bearer he should come to convention where that decision will be rendered by electorates. We will not allow him to dribble us because this is not a football match we are playing where he made every important decision as captain of the Lone Star of Liberia” Mr. Johnson said.

Speaking further on the political merger as to the chances of the opposition winning the 2011 general presidential elections, the former Bomi lawmaker acknowledged that the Unity party was well ahead of other opposition political parties inters of preparation, and called on the opposition to hasten their feet to come together before it is too late.

“Look T-Max! I must admit that the UP will be a formidable force come 2011. In fact, what the opposition needs to do now is to quickly come together to begging mending their forces or else I can assure you that the Unity Party will win the 2011 elections. The CDC, NPP, LP, LINU, NDPL and other opposition political parties need to come together as soon as possible because time is not in all of us favor.”

Asked about the fate of the NPP, he said the former ruling party was still a well established political institution in the country that could still pull the tracker come 2011, but however cautioned that such possibility would only exist if the opposition holds together and come up with a single candidate that would pose serious challenge to Madam Ellen Johnson Sir leaf.

Still leafing through the opposition political closets, many callers phoning in on the talk show observed that Senator Prince Johnson and the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) party was amongst several opposition political parties in the country who is taking the campaign to remove Ellen in 2011 very serious and commended the NUDP and its standard bearer for the level of progress made so far.

Though the callers did not give any reason for their comments, but indicated that the senator and his NUDP partisans appear to be very serious about their campaign to remove Madam Sirleaf during the 2011 general polls.

Also, some callers expressed similar concern raised by Mr. Sando Johnson. Most of the callers who took part on the talk show said opposition political parties in the country have been divided for too long, and suggested that the only way they can win the 2011 general and presidential elections is to come up with a single presidential candidate that all of them could rally around to remove the current leadership. In the absence of that, the callers intoned, it will be extremely difficult to remove a Unity Party led government that is already seated and well grounded.

It may be recalled that the two opposition political parties, Congress for Democratic Change(CDC) and the Liberty Party lately met in Ghana to finalize a united opposition bloc in which a communiqué was signed between the two groups to continue the process of collaboration and continuous consultation. What the communiqué did not however address is the issue of who to lead the merger, a question that is still lingering the lips of many persons in the country, thus sparking huge debates in many quarters of the country, especially among partisans of the CDC, LP, UP and other opposition camps.

Ambassador George Weah won the first round of the 2005 general and presidential elections but was defeated by Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the run-off elections. Since then, the CDC has remained a major opposition political institution in the country, a factor observers say is creating increasing demand and pressure on other opposition camps to chase Mr. Weah and the CDC.

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