Liberia: Sen. Lawrence Urges CPP to Avoid Internal Competition As they Agree on How to Select Standard Bearer
MONROVIA – The Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) has finally resolved on the method to adopt in selecting standard-bearer bringing an end to weeks of rigmarole.
The four political parties comprising the Liberty Party (LP), the All Liberian Party (ALP), the Unity Party (UP) and the Alternative National Congress (ANC) over the weekend agreed to bridge this hurdle by adopting the consensus, voters perception survey which wouldn’t be a binding and primary.
According to the arrangement, in the unforeseeable event of the lack of consensus as to a presidential candidate, a voters perception survey will be used to help influence the decision to be ultimately made at the Primary of the CPP, the head of Liberty Party, Senator Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence disclosed.
“What is unhealthy is the temptation to assert an individual’s political ambition over the aspirations of the collective, and the general will of our people. Our parties have therefore come together as claimants to the will of our people to unite and rescue our country from its ongoing and steady socio-economic and political decline.”– Senator Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence, Political Leader, Liberty Party
Senator Lawrence stated that The CPP embraces and encourages the political aspirations of all of its leaders and members. “Political aspirations are healthy for the fertilization of democracy. What is unhealthy is the temptation to assert an individual’s political ambition over the aspirations of the collective, and the general will of our people. Our parties have therefore come together as claimants to the will of our people to unite and rescue our country from its ongoing and steady socio-economic and political decline,” she noted.
According to Senator Lawrence, it is expected that political leaders and members of the four collaborating parties will work within their political parties to strengthen their constituencies for all future competitions within the CPP. “What must be critically avoided is to lift internal competitions by which we examine each other and settle only for the best to distract our focus from the duties we owe ourselves and the Liberian people – a duty to rescue our country,” she added.
She also urged that the CPP to test its strength in the midterm election to preempt its 2023 performance.
Sen. Lawrence: “Winning every county is not expected to be an easy feat against a government overtaken by corruption. However, it is a duty we must collectively share if we truly desire to change the direction of our country. The change does not begin in 2023. It begins in 2020.”