Paynesville City – President George M. Weah, in the wake of his concession statement and phone call to President-elect Joseph Nyumah Boakai of the Unity Party, has publicly expressed his extreme disappointment, lamenting the insincerity within the Coalition Democratic Change (CDC) that, according to him, contributed to the party’s defeat.
By Jaheim T. Tumu
President Weah, visibly dissatisfied, pointed fingers at the party’s executives and those who contested in the October 10 polls after losing during the party’s primaries, accusing them of lacking support for the CDC’s presidential quest and jeopardizing the majority seats at the Legislature.
Despite having previously disclosed his aspiration to return to the presidential race in 2029, President Weah emphasized that without unity within the CDC, victory is not guaranteed. He adamantly stated that he would not allow himself to be used as a sacrificial lamb to satisfy a few while potentially plunging Liberia into a civil crisis.
President Weah asserted, “I will be the sacrificial lamb. We will not sacrifice our children, friends, families for people’s desires. I did not take a decision, as I recognized we were defeated because we defeated ourselves and there was no need to fight.”
Addressing the issue of disunity within the party, he stated, “I hear people saying, ‘In 2029, we will bounce back,’ but we will only bounce back if we are sincere to ourselves. Stop the division, apply the rules, and support the party and those on the party’s tickets.”
President Weah attributed the defeat to internal conflicts, citing instances where individuals within the CDC fielded candidates against each other due to personal interests and financial considerations. He stressed the importance of addressing fundamental issues that were overlooked during the elections and urged party executives to be honest with themselves and communicate transparently with partisans.
Taking responsibility for the election outcome, President Weah expressed frustration over the lack of commitment to the CDC’s revolutionary ideals that brought them to power in 2017. He noted that self-interests took precedence, resulting in individuals campaigning against each other.
Responding to questions about the election outcome, President Weah stated, “I’m sure you will understand that it’s almost impossible for fifty (50) persons to pass through a single-narrow-door at the same time. There must be one at a time.”
President Weah urged CDC members to prioritize unity over personal ambitions, echoing the sentiment that success could only be achieved through sincere collaboration and adherence to the party’s principles.