By Timothy T. Seaklon
As the political season leading to the 2017 elections gradually approaches, the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) says it will take charge of the process by talking to all aspirants.
In an interview with the INQUIRER, CDC National Chairman, Mr. Nathaniel McGill said the CDC is committed to forming a national team that will move Liberia forward following the crucial 2017 Legislative and Presidential Elections.
Quizzed as to who the CDC was currently talking with, the CDC Chairman said, “We are open to talk with any individual or any political group to include people from other political parties.”
Mr. McGill ruled out the possibility of the CDC merging with any political party but noted that the CDC will be collaborating with political groupings.
The CDC is being considered the most popular opposition party as it won two successive Presidential Elections (2005 and 2011) with a strong history of dominating the polls in the most populous and vote- rich Montserrado County.
After sweeping thousands of votes which landed the CDC’s political leader,, George Weah into the prestigious Liberian Senate, as Senator of Montserrado County, Presidential hopefuls and other politicians have begun threading the path of the CDC with the intent that the 2017 is a year of destiny for the party.
In further interview with the INQUIRER, the CDC Chairman said the party is talking to Liberians from different political spheres because following its victory at the polls come 2017 it will form a unified government in which all will feel a part of because Liberia belongs to all.
Asked if the political leader would come second to any politician as it was in the case with the 2011 elections when he was vice standard bearer to Cllr. Winston Tubman, Mr. McGill said Senator George Weah will not come second to anyone or be a vice standard bearer to anyone in 2017.
When asked further if Senator Weah will surrender the CDC Standard Bearer position to any politician, Mr. McGill said, “I cannot pre-empt the action of our political leader but I know he will be our standard bearer.”
He said if anyone will be CDC Standard Bearer besides Senator Weah, ballots will be cast at CDC party convention in each county and if anyone gets more votes than Senator Weah they will be the Standard Bearer.