Wednesday, June 19, 2013 03:49
CDC Splits Over Convention
Story by Morrison O.G. Sayon
It appears that the dust from the recent controversial convention of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) held in Tubmanburg, Bomi County has not yet settled as a splinter group of the party is now contemplating on forming a new political party.
Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, CDC Chairman Emeritus, Orishall Gould pointed out that they have committed themselves as was done in 2004, to ensuring that the hopes and aspirations of the people do not perish.
“We will create a new alternative, a new vehicle that will reach out and connect to all Liberians, because there is not much at stake to be left to unscrupulous elements,” Mr. Gould told his supporters present at the news conference in Monrovia.
Gould at the same time alleged that the Tubmanburg Mockery of Democracy was a classic example, where many of their supporters and himself were physically attacked by so-called “SABU UNIT” under the command of Mulbah Morlu brandishing machetes; throwing petro bombs and other weapons leaving some of their supporters seriously wounded.
In strong words, Mr. Gould noted, “We have seen the rise of brutal dictatorship on the part of our leaders at the expense of democracy and the flagrant abuse of our Party's constitution. They are behaving as if the CDC is their personal property. My fellow CDcians, I regret to inform you that the fiasco that was shamelessly conducted in Tubmanburg on the weekend which was observed by local and international organizations, robbed you and the Party of the seriously needed opportunity to reform, reorganize and ultimately project a credible image to both Liberians and the international Community, in order to convince them that the CDC is a party deserving of state power.”
He called on his supporters not to continue to fool themselves that things change for the better noting, “I believe we must not waste our time, as these people cannot and will not change simply because they do not want to.”
The CDC founding Chairman pointed out, “Unfortunately today, I am saddened and hereby regret to let you know that the party to which we gave our fullest devotion has been hijacked by the greedy interest of those who now lead it. The course that we had set at the beginning of our truly national struggle has been disrupted. And our vision has been turned to division.”
He then called on his followers to keep the courage and the torch burning as all is not yet lost. Gould said nearly a decade ago, the vision of the truly transformative political ideology was made a reality by and through the diligent efforts of some young Liberian patriots, noting, “The driving force behind our effort was based on our deeply shared belief that our beloved country and people deserve a better national leadership.
But unfortunately in recent time, we have painfully come to witness a gradual destruction of the greatest movement ever, in the history of Liberia's political landscape.”
“We have watched with frustration as our Party's image is being torn apart by a few rogue elements hell-bent on creating carnage, we have witnessed with profound grief as many outstanding CDcians were either forced out of their beloved party or purportedly expelled on bogus claims in clear violation of the party's constitution,” Mr. Gould intimated.
To justify their actions according to Gould, they brand some of them as either been corrupt or that you have betrayed them adding, “These are all diversionary tactics. We have also witnessed an extreme form of militancy sponsored by those who call themselves our leaders; they regularly order their thugs to use violence against many harmless CDcians just because they hold a different view.”
As the situation stands, Mr. Gould and some CDCians said they have no other alternative but to take the appropriate action either by forming a new political party that will carry on the dreams and aspirations of the CDC which they envisage.