LIBERIA: Opposition ANC Withdraws Candidate from Grand Cape Mount Senatorial Race
Monrovia – The Alternative National Congress (ANC) announces the withdrawal of its candidate, Simeon B. Taylor, from the Grand Cape Mount County senatorial by-elections. ANC takes the decision in the interest of the Liberian people, because of our desire to collectively rescue our country from the poor leadership of the CDC in 2020 and 2023 and because of our commitment to keep the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) together.
We understand the disappointment and frustration this decision will cause Simeon and his family, our partisans and sympathizers; but call on all of you to accept this sacrifice for the sake of the country.
Meanwhile, ANC wishes to remind the Liberian people that the CPP remains together and strong with the caveat that its survival going forward will depend on the following:
That the CPP as a collaboration of independent parties must work together in the interest of the Liberian people and not personal interests.
That the CPP will be successful in achieving its objectives if all parties are treated with respect and as equals.
That the growth and development of each party is dependent upon its work and appeal to the Liberian people, and to that end all parties must have the freedom to accept membership from any Liberian citizen, including from within member parties of the collaboration, which is consistent with the constitutional right for citizens to freely associate with any party of their choice;
That the framework and rules of association and selection of candidates must be agreed upon in writing going forward and must reflect the will of the people and not the nuances of any one party or political maneuverings; and the ability of collaborating parties to deal in good faith, honestly, fairly, equitably and respectfully with each other will not be compromised.
Given the above, we are hopeful that the necessary adjustments will be made and the collaboration will thrive.
To our partisans and supporters, we call on you to continue to support the collaboration. Our country is at a crossroads and in need of sound and effective leadership. In order to provide said leadership, we must always look at the bigger picture and make the hard calls. Leadership is doing that which you do not want to do but have to do for the benefit of others and for the greater good.
The ANC remains committed to providing that kind of leadership because we cannot keep doing the same things over and over and expect different results. We want to assure you that we will continue to protect your interests and that of all Liberians. We will make concessions when need be, but we will not be pushed over. This is the ANC you know and love. This is the ANC you support. As we say in the ANC, Liberia First.