CDC To Begin Membership Drive Nov…Weah Maintains Stance On Resignation Issue
By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie & Morrison O.G. Sayon
Ahead of the 2014 senatorial election and the 2017 legislative and presidential elections, the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has announced a new process of membership registration beginning November 22, 2013.
The membership drive named and styled “the new revelation” is expected to target all Liberians from the 15 political sub-division of the country with a probability of wining additional million persons to the party.
CDC Secretary General Nathaniel McGill at the a news conference held yesterday at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town, told reporters that the process is not about launching a campaign for electoral process but to build the strength of the party.
As an opposition political party in the country, Mr. McGill wants the Liberian people to know that the party will not engage into anything that would derail the country’s 10 years of existing peace or undermine the CDC chance of winning the next election.
According to McGill, the essence of the membership drive is part of the struggle for the people irrespective of religion, tribe and political difference. He said the exercise will help individuals who were not 18-years and above during the 2005 and 2011 General Elections to now have the opportunity to join a party that is set to win the 2017 Presidential Election.
“Every CDC member should have an ID card. This exercise is not a campaign. It is about our membership in the CDC. There will be a cost attached to it. People will be asked to pay LD$10.00 per month as dues. The ID card will either cost LD$200 or LD$250 and not US$10 as people would expect,” CDC McGill said at a news conference.
The CDC executive disclosed that the process will officially kick off in the Borough of New Kru Town with the party’s executives in attendance to ensure a real change or reform as the 2017 elections draw nearer.
As for the 2014 senatorial election, Mr. McGill reminded individuals wishing to contest on the party’s ticket to take advantage of this development before the end of December 2013.
In a related development, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) flag-bearer, George Manneh Weah has reechoed his ambition for the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.
Addressing hundreds of youths at the Center for the Exchange of Intellectual Opinions (CEIO) on Carey Street in Monrovia, Mr. Weah said it will be very good for him to go in the Liberian Senate to serve his party and the Liberian people before thinking about the presidency.
Mr. Weah said, “I was approached by my party to contest the Senatorial seat in 2014 but it also depends on the strategy of the CDC; if they elect me, I’ll be glad to go to the Senate.”
Quizzed about his strength and weakness, Ambassador Weah said, “My weakness is kindness; I always put people forward which is my biggest weakness. On his strength Weah added that his strength lies in the hope and aspirations of the Liberian people whose quest he continues to pursue.
Commenting on his relation with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Liberian Peace Ambassador pointed out, “Nothing is personal between Madam Sirleaf and me; the only difference is political. I don’t hate her, my love for her is different from politics.”
Meanwhile, Ambassador Weah has reiterated that the CDC is not part of the Ellen Step Down Campaign being launched in Liberia and in the USA by some aggrieved Liberians. Mr. Weah said while every Liberian has the right to make demand, the CDC must be careful in getting involved in such call.
He then called on CDCians to do away with anything that has the propensity to disrupt the already fragile peace in Liberia. Weah was appointed by President Sirleaf a year ago to serve as Liberia’s Peace Ambassador. He is also the political leader of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change.