Monrovia, Liberia- What seemed like a far fetched dream few years ago, keeps coming to visual reality, with many members of the opposition who no one would have thought and have had the least will to do, are crossing over to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change.
On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, several former top officials of the Unity and Liberty Parties, in a ceremony courted by many members of the ruling party, joined the Coalition for Democratic Change.
The opposition parties officials who formally joined the CDC include, Mr. Henry Fahnbulleh, former Representative in the Liberian Legislature, and former Secretary General of the Unity Party; Sneh Johnson, former Assistant Superintendent for Development of Sinoe County; former Chair of the Unity Party Montserrado Chapter Saye-Maye Cole; and former student activists Alphonso Socrates Nimley and George Sacquah.
During remarks, and before formally signing membership papers, the former opposition politicians told the gathering and the press that they owe no one any apology for their decision to join the Coalition for Democratic Change.
“Gentlemen I am with you. Feel free. I don’t play deceit. Today is a new day. We are the tributaries. We are not coming to the CDC as a bigger river, but at the end of the day, we will meet at the confluence. All the sons and daughters of our land will come over.
“Let me thank you for your resilience, your zealousness. Twelve years in the wilderness. Anything you want to do as a revolutionary, don’t let indecision eat you up. It’s a weapon of disaster. I am my own interpreter. I owe no apology for joining the CDC. I tell you and continue to say, I am an auto ours agency of my thoughts,” said Alphonso Socrates Nimley, a former student advocate and member of the Unity Party.
The political defection by these opposition politicians is the latest of many defections that have plagued the opposition since the CDC-led government came to power.
Mr. Tarnue Nagbe, a Liberian businessman said, he sees Liberia gradually going to the days of a one party system, and criticized the opposition members for their actions.
“I can see us going back to the days of the True Whig Party. This is a complete threat to our democracy. It is a shame on the part of those opposition politicians. This just shows that all politicians are only after what they can get for themselves,” Mr. Nagbe said.
Other members of the Liberian public wondered whether opposition life is very difficult that made the men to cross over to the ruling party.
“We were in the opposition for twelve years. We were treated like outside citizens. We were maligned, insulted, brutalized and called names. We couldn’t have any taste of the profits from the country’s resources, but we went through it. Just one year and they are defecting? I now believe that some people can’t survive without government. Although they are joining my party, but this is a shame. This is sad. Now they know that opposition life tastes like jolobo,” a senior official of the ruling CDC told The Liberian Billboard.
Meanwhile, the former opposition politicians and newly installed CDCians pledged their support to the President of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah, and vowed to support support the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda.