According to Mr. Ishmael Sheriff, alias 'Tamba The Mayonnaise', his decision taken to join the senatorial race is intended to bring some level of hope to partisans and supporters of the CDC.Sheriff is one of the founding members of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).He previously served the CDC in numerous capacities ranging from Youth Chairman (Montserrado County), National Chairman for Operations, National Chairman for Administration, and National Chairman for Ways, Means and Finance.
He is presently the Board Chairman for the Association of Communities Leadership in Liberia.Sheriff contested the general and presidential elections in 2017 for the representative seat in district # 8, Montserrado County as an independent candidate.He obtained 2,665 or 9.8% of valid votes cast, but lost to the Vice Chairman for Political Affairs of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Acarous Moses Gray who got 5,474 or 20.1%.Speaking when he appeared as guest on the OK Morning Rush Show on OK FM99.5 recently, Sheriff declared himself as a member of all "dissatisfied groupings" of the ruling party.
"I am a member of the Green Revolution; I am a member of the Disenchanted Bloc and every disenchanted CDC groupings in Monrovia. They invite me to their meetings; they see me as their hope-and when I am in their meetings, I sometimes give them hope and courage," Sheriff averred.He continued: "We are trying as much as we can to remain resolute. I came today to let the Liberian people know that we are ready and we are going to the race. I will be contesting as a senatorial candidate for Montserrado County."Although Sheriff said that he does not presently know which ticket he will contest on, he said that he remains unwavering in his quest to contest the December 2020 special senatorial election.
He vowed to be a candidate on the "Liberian people's ticket" to serve at the level of the National Legislature.The CDC partisan said he remains a member of his party-CDC."I am a member of the CDC. There is one thing we have to fight against in Liberian politics. We need to fight against scamming and high level deceit that are being ushered into our country's politics. This is giving our country hard time."He maintained that if Liberia is to move forward in terms of growth and development, politicians must desist from "scamming" mentality and speak, discuss and find solutions to issues based upon realities."From 2005 to now, I don't believe in scamming. I tell you exactly what I will do and how I am going to do it. The CDC is not a religious institution, but a political institution. So, the fight is on. I am working closely with disenchanted CDCians to ensure that we get to where we want to get."
Sheriff described the CDC as a political institution that has a history of conflict.He noted that executives and partisans of the party in some instances can bounce back stronger, following the resolution of conflicts in the party.He made specific reference to the selection of former Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff over Lenn Eugene Nagbe during a senatorial by-election in the county.He recalled that the situation prompted a split within the CDC at the time.But Sheriff expressed the hope that the ruling party will learn from mistakes made in the past, by not putting individuals on the party's tickets who partisans and supporters do not want in the upcoming senatorial elections.
Sheriff pointed out that CDC's candidate Madam PaulitaWie was massively defeated by Senator Dillon because she was not best suited for the party's strategy.For sometimes now, the ruling party has been catching hell to hold a primary to select a candidate to face incumbent Senator Abraham Darius Dillon who has been dubbed "the Light" at the Capitol Building in Monrovia and across the country.