The political leader of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), George Weah has urged former partisans to return to the party as it puts things in order long ahead of the 2017 elections.
Weah, now Senator of Montserrado County, was speaking over the weekend during the launch of the party’s US$ 100 thousand campaign as well as the official color of the party and newly inducted officials.
He told the gathering that in keeping with the CDC’s masses-centered ideology it could not afford to lose forever those former partisans who left for different reasons.
“The Congress for Democratic Change has come a long way since its foundation in 2004, comforting many challenges but remaining strong and vibrant,” Senator Weah spoke to the cheer of hundreds of supporters at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town.
The opposition Congress for Democratic Change has embarked on an initiative to build county headquarters in all 15 counties across the country to give it a more nationwide profile ahead of 2017.
Senator Weah called on newly inducted party officials to be people of good character, people-centered and at the same time respectful of dissent.
Senator Weah lamented that the apparent absence of those values were costing the party its image and resulting to recurrent confusion, which he blamed for the exodus of strong and dedicated partisans.
CDC lost all of its four past chairmen as a result of a scandal, with the last being George Solo over issues relating to the candidacy of then senatorial aspirant Weah in the recently held senate elections.
Former chairman Geraldine Doe Sheriff left the party because it was “a party of disorganized people”.
With the election of Weah as senator, many of resigned partisans could make the comeback, especially with Senator Doe-Sheriff sitting close to Senator Weah.
Some angry, diehard CDCians bullied the former chairlady upon seeing her at the program but were pleaded with to abandon their protest.
For his part, the installing officer of officials-elect of CDC, Dr. Amos Sawyer said former partisans of the CDC cold come back to the party at their choosing.
He said the CDC was a vibrant party that could not be ignored.
Recognizing the youthfulness of the party, Dr. Sawyer said the party was the future party for the country but cautioned them not to us threats as means of seeking redress.
“The insurance of threats is not strength. A good leader should hold the fire when it is hot and when it turns cold, they passes it down to the other.”