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(L-R) Former CPP Chairman and Grand Bassa Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and the New CPP Chairman, Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai in a joyous mood during the CPP Turning Over Ceremony (L-R) Former CPP Chairman and Grand Bassa Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and the New CPP Chairman, Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai in a joyous mood during the CPP Turning Over Ceremony

CPP Remains The Best Alternative for Liberia - Says New Chairman Boakai, Vows to unite the Collaboration Featured

As he takes over the mantle of authority amid tense internal wrangling within the ranks of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), former Vice President and standard bearer of the former ruling Unity Party (UP), Joseph Nyuma Boakai has vowed to unite the Collaboration and to end the tenure of President George Manneh Weah, who he described as a “failed soccer icon.”

CPP is the conglomeration of the four leading opposition political parties. They are the former ruling Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the All Liberian Party (ALP).

Having dominated the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Elections, the CPP soon appeared as the next alternative for Liberians for the 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections. But inner crisis soon crept in with claims and counterclaims of alterations of the Framework Document by the ANC.

The crisis caused the ANC to boycott the endorsement ceremony of former VP Boakai as standard of the UP, while the ALP and a divided LP, on the other hand, also boycotted the primary of the ANC.

Amid these exacerbating tensions, former VP Boakai has called on colleagues within the CPP to “let it be” stating that in the face of collectivism, the CPP is poised to win in 2023 building upon the expectations, hopes and justifiable excitement of the Liberian People that an alternative is possible.

Speaking at the UP Headquarters in Congo Town, outside Monrovia on Friday, October 15, 2021 when took over the leadership of the CPP from Grand Bassa County Senator, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, the former VP asserted that in the face of internal wrangling, the CPP remains the best alternative for Liberians, stressing that he feels deeply humbled to accept the responsibility bestowed upon him by the CPP as its Chairperson for the next eight months to reunite the marriage.

“I urge my colleagues and all of our supporters to let it be. We will over the next few days organize, engage, discuss all issues internally and develop a blue print going forward for our victory in 2023,” he indicated.

With the past few months fraught with difficulties creating anxiety in the public and a sense of implosion within the CPP, the former Vice implored members of constituent parties not to allow their differences and internal wrangling to define the CPP, no matter how contentious they have become.

“This is because social, economic or political conflicts are events that can be transformed into good. We must also see the positives in our differences, as these disagreements and healthy exchanges are the labor pains of the collaboration. Just as a mother experiences discomfort in childbirth but finds joy at the sight of her newborn baby, so also will our differences be transformed into unity and a common purpose in changing our country for the good of all,” said the former Vice President.

“I want to assure all Liberians, wherever they are in the world that the collaboration will be strong after the storm, and we will continue to demonstrate its purpose in pursuing the path of providing alternative and responsible leadership for the people of Liberia,” he furthered.

“Over the next 8 months of our leadership, the CPP will be institutionalized. We will entrench our feet so deep that victory will be the only option. We will not betray our country. Our people have given us their confidence, we will not disappoint them,” continued former VP Boakai amid cheers from the crowd.

With unity, he intoned that the CPP is set to break the cycle of abject poverty, impunity, illiteracy, disease, social injustice, dictatorship, corruption and other challenges that haunt the present, and most profoundly the future.

“We must liberate our people from the bondage of failed leadership: A winning soccer icon whose Presidency sees our pitch banned by FIFA and our team as an underdog. The one success that brought you to prominence has become a national failure under your leadership. Missing persons, missing parts, armed robbery and general insecurity is now the Liberian Character. This must change and we must concentrate on a vision that will take Liberians from this bondage to new heights of progress,” the new CPP chairman averred.

“Liberia burns and people die but he entertains his guests at lavish undertakings while illiteracy and drugs maim our children. He builds lavish and luxury homes in one year while his entire party takes the life time of his regime to finish a vocational training center on its party premises. A change betrayed!”

According to him, the country is confronted by some of the most vexing issues of the post war years, as poor governance and failed leadership; marginalization of the majority of Liberians, inequity, and institutional failure have caused low public trust in the government and its institutions, noting much of the progress made in the recent past including the execution of a reformed agenda has eroded.

“The economy is not healthy and not performing for the people as it should be. Productivity is at an all-time low and cost of living high; with price of food and other basic commodities going up, causing most Liberians to fall into poverty,” he uttered.

He pointed out that poor fiscal decisions including consistent off-budget spending on nonproductive and vanity projects are causing strain and decline in significant areas such as education and health.

“The security situation is dire and rapidly deteriorating. Many of our citizens and residents live in constant fear, particularly, as a result of the unresolved spate of violence and killings in the past two years. This has unraveled the state of the current security apparatus, revealing the bare threads of a security sector largely aimed at protecting only public officials and leaving millions of citizens and residents to their own devices. All these problems are undergirded by public corruption, the scale of which is yet to be confronted by government in ways that hold public officials to account,” the ex-Vice President, among other things, added.

Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, like former VP Boakai, urged contending parties within the CPP to bury their personal differences as Liberia is bigger than all.

On the heel of the alleged altered framework document, Sen. Karnga-Lawrence announced that her turnover note contains recommendations for a way forward in resolving the issue.

“All of us must exercises restraints to bring closure to this matter. Let's bury our personal ambition as Liberia is bigger than all of us. We cannot continue to conduct ourselves as the leading opposition in this manner. Let's not let our people and country and I charge Ambassador Boakai to do so as he has the ability to do,” stated Sen. Karnga-Lawrence.

The Grand Bassa County Senator named the setting up of the CPP Central Secretariat, CPP platform and Consensus process as achievements made during her eight-month tenure.

“The CPP Central Secretariat is to serve as the ideological hub and members of that secretariat are subjected to tenure. This will implement the CPP agenda by addressing the social and economic issues affecting the country leading to 2023,” added the LP political leader.

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