CDC Stalwart Doubts Weah’s Re-election 

A stalwart of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has expressed fears about the re-election bid of President George Manneh ahead of the 2023 general and presidential elections.

Dr. Lester Tenny, a former student activist who fled for safety into exile during the Charles Taylor reign, happens to be the Vice President at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and a university lecturer.

Speaking via a podcast in the aftermath of the 17th anniversary celebration of the ruling CDC held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Dr. Tenny stated that there is no way the ruling party, given its history, will embark on a mobilization scheme to amass crowd. Instead, he said CDC is known for having spontaneous partisans.

According to him, when he decided to engage some young people to be taken to the party headquarters via a chartered bus for the anniversary celebration, they responded to him that they were no longer “stupid.”

To buttress views that the numerical strength of the ruling CDC has dwindled, Dr. Tenny noted that he was at the party headquarters up to 12noon with the celebration venue still resembling a ghost town.

“We have a deeply divided party. Our only hope is a splinter opposition but this is a shaky proposition. Our strategy shouldn’t be based on a shaky opposition,” the CDC stalwart warned.    

According to Dr. Tenny, a victory for the opposition will see many current government officials landing in jail based on either perception or reality. He therefore warned officials involved in corrupt practices to begin to think about the repercussions of a defeat for the CDC 2023.   

Noting how embarrassed many current officials will be in case the CDC is thrown out of power, the NOCAL official made it known that it becomes difficult for a re-election when the ruling party is extremely divided.

He said it was a wrong path chosen to have disenfranchised former Defense Minister J. Brownie Samukai having won the Lofa County Senate seat in 2020. He believes the Samukai saga has robbed the CDC any chance of winning Lofa County.

“Brownie Samukai won and the traditional people warned us about their son but we didn’t listen. We will never get vote from there. 

“Forget Montserrado because we have lost here three times. You’re just fooling George Weah. Don’t reconcile and think you will have a dinner party in 2023,” he stressed.

The ruling party stalwart indicated that he stood in the gap for CDC for 11 years while facing insults for being part of a party of thugs.     

“Don’t trust Prince Johnson because Nimba County people are becoming inclined now. As far as they are concerned they have paid Prince Johnson their dues. So, Prince Johnson is a swinging pendulum. Southeast in under populated,” added Dr. Tenny.    

He went on to express doubts about winning Bong and MargibiCounties, while not placing hope in the National Patriotic Party (NPP), which he believes is equally divided like the CDC.       

It is not known how the ruling party or the presidency will react to the outburst of the NOCAL Vice President. Meanwhile, given   the current state of the country, the 2023 election will be a turning point for President Weah and the CDC.  

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