The Congress for Democratic Change, CDC, Liberia largest opposition political party of football icon George Weah held a highly classified strategic working teleconference last night which lasted late into the early morning hours up to 2:00 am this morning.
Sources inside the party attending the teleconference, all of whom asked for anonymity, informed this entity that the highly classified teleconference working session was focused on the setting up of a taskforce (committee) , to explore the possibility of a merger between the CDC and Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Brumskine, which would be named “Coalition for Democratic Change”, (CDC) to unseat President Johnson-Sirleaf and her Unity Party in the upcoming 2011 elections. After prolong and intensed deliberaions, our sources disclosed Mr. Wloti Hne was appointed to chair the taskforce along with his Co-Chairman, Rufus Acquoi, Mrs. Piso Saydee-Tarr, Secretary General of CDC-USA as ex-officio, Mr. Chropie Charlie , and Mr. Nyemah Wisner members respectively.
Information from our sources in the CDC say, in no minute after members of the taskforce were appointed, it came crumbling when the issue of defining the term of reference for the taskforce was put for deliberations before it could take hold the newly appointed Chairman Mr. Wloti Hne, withdrew from the Chairmanship on grounds he is uncomfortable and doesn’t like what is obtain around the proposed merger. Mr. Chorpie Charlie, a devoted loyalist of the CDC also withdrew from the taskforce on the precept, the term of reference of the taskforce was not clear.
At the core of the ranglings concerning the term of reference of the taskforce, our sources say was the failure of the party to openly and honestly deal with the five hundred-pound guerrila in the room, and that is whether the taskforce will explore the possibility of whether the party first partisan will go as second to Cllr. Brumskine on a single ticket of the proposed “Coalition for Democratic Change”, (CDC) the umbrella merger of the two parties.
Information filtering from the teleconference to this outlet revealed there are deep divides and philosophical differences attributing to the likely endangerment of the merger with various factions in the party holding up to their respective approaches at least for now failing to reach an amicable and reasonable united front to move the merger forward.
The two competing philosophical differecences dividing a united purpose is,one side of the divide arguing for that first partisan to should go as Vice President to Cllr. Charles Brumskine because to our sources, they believe if Amb. Weah concedes to going as Vice President, the CDC will inevitably win the 2011 elections, adding the Liberty Party leader will supplement his weakness and Weah too will supplement the weakness of the Liberty party leader as well while at the same time preparing himself well for the Presidency in the 12 years of his Vice Presidency. On the other hand, loyalists and inner circle of George Weah insist and vowed the CDC first partisan will and can not go as Vice President to Cllr. Brumskine in the proposed merger umbrella, “Coalition for Democratic Change”, (CDC) or any other person, adding the CDC leader and the party could be marginalized by Brumskine and Liberty Party will flood the government and coalition with his corporate buddies and the old boys network, pushing out the lay man, the owners of the grass root CDC, our sources disclosed.
It said the CDC first partisan is leaning on the side of his loyalists though he promised in earlier public statements that all options were on the table as they forge the merger. Our sources further disclosed that the CDC first partisan maintains he brings 35% of the electorates to the table and if other opposition parties forging the merger show how much worth of political assert they bring to the table with meaningful substance, he doesn’t see the logic of going as Vice President.
It can be recalled the CDC first partisan and Cllr. Charles Brumskine signed a memorandum of Understand(MOU) recently promising to collaborate in a united front to produce a single ticket to unseat President and her Unity Party led government.
The deep philosophical differences prevailing in the CDC, according to our sources inside the party could harm and endanger the merger and frustrate the dream of the proposed,”Coalition for Democratic Change”, (CDC).
The teleconferences concluded, as disclosed by our sources, to prevail on Mr. Hne to rescind his decision to withdraw from the chairmanship and resume the chairmanship to move the merger forward but for now the taskforce is in limbo and the prospect of moving forward uncertain.