It could be recalled that in September of 2020, some suspended members of the COP, which had alliance with the opposition political force, the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), joined the governing CDC at an elaborate ceremony held at the CDC Headquarters before going on to form the CDC-COP.
The CDC-COP, which is headed by Ben Togba, was then given full status to function as an auxiliary of the CDC upon formation.
Since then, major activities of the group including its first year anniversary was held at the CDC Headquarters that which can be traced on (https://www.facebook.com/FrontPage-Africa-180277731992421/videos/cdc-cop-celebrates-one-year-anniversary/212533804311731/).
Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) in a podcast and on the “Class Reloaded” on Radio Bushrod on Monday evening described the Liberian leader’s denial of the CDC-COP as “unpresidential, dishonest and cowardly.”
“The statement by the president to the point that he knows nothing about CDC- COP was disingenuous, dishonest; it was unpresidential and it only tells the characters in the President. I am very ashamed of the President. I am embarrassed on his behalf,” asserted the Montserrado County Senator.
He stated that the President’s statement is only predicated on the resilience of the Liberian people.
He stressed that nothing serious has ever come from any of the investigations ordered by the President since he took off the mantle of authority.
Provocative talk show host, Henry Pedro Costa, pointed out on the show that the Liberian leader’s statement is belated having come seven days after the incident.
Mr. Costa averred that President Weah is only saving face ahead of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) slated for next months as there are mounting efforts from Liberians to have him denied from attending the global summit.
Furthermore, political pundits believe that the statement by the Liberian leader is an indictment of the Chairman of the CDC, Mulbah K. Morlu, who steers the affairs of the party and controls the facilities of the CDC that have been used by the CDC-COP.
On Monday, August 1, 2022, President in his special statement, strongly denounced the recent violence involving the two rival groups purporting to be Students of the University of Liberia campus-based Students Unification Party (SUP) on July 26, 2022.
Pres. Weah, with immediate effect, ordered the Ministry of Justice and the entire National Security apparatus to arrest all those involved in the violent incident on July 26, 2022and that the national security network must also ensure that those arrested face the full weight of the law.
The Liberian Chief Executive, while strongly denouncing the violence as unacceptable, asserted that, ‘‘As the founding father of the Congress for Democratic Change, now the Coalition for Democratic Change, We do not have any CDC-COP within our organization.”
According to him, anyone or group that has his image on a banner in support of the ruling Party and the Government must be peaceful, respectful, and tolerant.
“I have stressed, in all my public engagements, the need to maintain the hard-earned peace that we now enjoy, and this is a cause for which I have lent personal sacrifice - as an Ambassador of Peace,” he emphasized, stressing that, ‘‘Anyone or group who supports of his political ideology and love him should disengage his or herself from any form of violence.”
“When you come to join us, you become a CDC partisan of peace, democracy, and development,” Pres. Weah, who is also the Standard Bearer of the ruling CDC, pointed out.
Meanwhile, Pres. Weah has expressed heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all Liberians and friends of Liberia alike, for the beautiful celebration of the country's 175th Independence Day on July 26, 2022.
“I am also grateful to neighboring heads of state and other dignitaries who joined us to mark this very important milestone in our nation's history, including President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, President Mohammadou Buhari of Nigeria, and President Adama Barrow of The Gambia”.
Pres. Weah also seized this opportunity to thank the government and people of the United States of America for the historical gift of solidarity and to President Biden for his invitation to join him in Washington DC in December to discuss peace and development along with other African leaders. serted that, ‘‘As the founding father of the Congress for Democratic Change, now the Coalition for Democratic Change, We do not have any CDC-COP within our organization.”.