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CDC Must Redirect Priorities in Pursuit of State Power

CDC Must Redirect Priorities in Pursuit of State Power

The Editor,

This is to Mr. Jefferson Koijee and the leadership of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political party.

The best way to implement change in Liberia to address your concerns, frustrations and whatever you may perceive as injustice against any segment of the Liberian population is to WIN state power.

CDC must focus on planning how to win the 2017 Presidential elections. You cannot truly effect change when you are not in power. Win first and then you can hold people accountable for any violation of the law. With that said, CDC must begin critical thinking and strategic planning for 2017. Do not rely on your performances in the 2005, 2011 Presidential races and the 2014 Montserrado County senatorial contest won by your leader and now Senator George Manneh Weah.

While the outcomes from those contests were encouraging, the 2017 Presidential contest is completely a new game that requires new thinking. It is therefore paramount to start thinking collaboration but with parties that will protect your interest.

Unless you are 100 percent confident in the two important institutions that will have the final say in the outcome of the 2017 contest, the barometer to gauge that trust is your experience from both the 2005 and 2011 races.

You are a political institution and the largest opposition party so no need to school you on the complex nature, intricacies and history of both the National Elections Commission and the Supreme Court of Liberia and the dominating influence of our executive branch and presidency.

I have had close consultations with people close to the CDC on this topic. Now, hear me out before you start painting Mr. Boakai with the guilty brush of corruption by association. You guys are not kids to see how those who benefited from the ruling Unity Party are now abandoning Mr. Boakai and defecting to other parties.

They are getting their cue from higher ups in the ruling party who care more about their personal interests than the party as an institution; thus leaving Mr. Boakai to swim by himself in the shack infested political ocean of Liberia.

CDC must take into considerations other factors from a cultural and historical context. The rank and file of the CDC have a lot in common with Mr. Boakai than perhaps any of the other candidates in the race. Mr. Boakai and Senator George Manneh Weah did not play any in the Liberian civil war.

In fact, Mr. Weah frequently interrupted his professional soccer career and used his own money and fame to care for Liberian War refugees. No need to dwell into the semantics of your joint common interests. I am writing as a journalist and political commentator.

CDC and Senator George Weah's fastest route to the presidency is to collaborate with Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, and I feel very strongly about this. When you see the political maneuverings on the ground where Mr. Boakai is only getting lip-service and lukewarm support from his party establishment, then that speaks volumes.

If the CDC and Senator Weah graciously were able to offer the party's top slot to Mr. Winston Tubman in 2011, why not too to Mr. Joseph N. Boakai with whom you have a lot in common?

There is no other collaboration of political parties, regardless, that can match a Joseph Boakai and George Weah team. It won't be even close to warrant a runoff; it will be a tsunami of a victory of the masses.

And the other politicians know this very well but their game is to dissuade you from this path which will be the quickest way to a Weah presidency. The details in the consumption of this deal can be worked out by both sides. At 74, my guess is, Mr. Boakai may want to serve just one term and hand the thing to you after six years.

Hence, we appeal to Senator George Weah, CDC Chairman McGill, brother Mulbah Morlu, Mr. Koijee and others to take this suggestion into consideration as we approach the pivotal, historic and game changing 2017 Presidential elections.

Once this deal is consummated, you will see others will want to join you. This is a first round knockout team. Just a thought and not a sermon. I hope I won't have to say, "I told you so." Jerry Wehtee Wion,
 Washington, DC, USA

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