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CDC Carries ‘Boakai Casket’ …As Weah-Taylor Campaign Team, Gongloe, Deplore Action

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CONGO TOWN: The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), of incumbent President George Manneh Weah on Saturday, 5, August, 2023, officially began its campaign activities for the October 10th Presidential and Legislative Elections.

During the CDC Campaign opening ceremonies, the governing party employed one of its controversial tactics by publicly parading along the principal streets of Monrovia with what some CDCians called the casket of former Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, who is now standard bearer of the opposition Unity Party (UP).

Earlier on Saturday, CDC partisans were seen marching on the principal streets of Monrovia with a wooden casket.

It was partially covered with the pictures of former Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, who is the standard bearer and Political Leader of the former ruling Unity Party (UP).

The CDCians sang funeral songs as they marched with the coffin in which they said contained the remains of Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai (JNB).

The coffin was seen mainly being carried by scores of abled-body young men, who were cladded in CDC red and blue berets and party t-shirts.

The T-shirts depicted the pictures of both incumbent President Weah and his Vice President, Jewel Howard-Taylor, who is also running-mate of President Weah in the 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections.

Even though, it was a rainy day, the CDC young men and women of its “Revolutionary National Youth Brigade” didn’t seem to mind the cold weather or the rain as they marched, chanted revolutionary slogans, and sang songs of the fictional death of the Unity Party’s political leader.

When overzealous CDCians got to their party headquarters in Congo Town, they lowered the casket along the main motor road.

Some were seen mimicking people wailing for their loved ones who had passed. They even chanted political slogans over the casket.

Their action along the main streets seriously impeded the free movements of vehicles and other passersby, who had no business with their political activities.

They had all the unused space within their party’s compound but chose to block the main streets.

Immediately following the CDC Youth League’s action, the Weah-Taylor 2023 Campaign Committee of the Coalition for Democratic Change deplored the “action of over-exuberant” youth carrying casket.”

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has given the green light to 18 others, who have thrown their hats into the race to unseat President Weah.

Not much can be mentioned of the 18 others, including Mr. Alexander Benedict Cummings, a former Coca-Cola Executive and Human Rights lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe.

Meanwhile, the Political leader of the Liberian People Party (LPP), Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe has, in the strongest, condemned CDC partisans who marched along the principal streets of Monrovia with a wooden casket.

The casket was partially covered with the pictures of former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, who is the standard bearer and Political Leader of the former ruling Unity Party (UP).

He said “such attitude is a provocation and also undermines the Famingtone River Declaration which all Candidates and political Parties and leaders committed themselves to for non-violent elections.

Speaking to this paper over the weekend, the LPP Political leader warned partisans of all political parties including the CDC to avoid violence before, during, and after the 2023 presidential and legislative elections.
He urged them to pursue the peaceful path in seeking to address whatever concerns the CDC party may have.

“It is important that we bring the message of non-electoral violence, that if you have anything to say, say it through the ballot box,” Gongloe added.

According to him, elections are about contestation based on national development ideas and not for anyone to instigate violence por lawlessness.

He noted that there will still be Liberia even after the 2023 Legislative and Presidential elections.
Gongloe called on authorities of the CDC to warn their partisans to immediately desist from such attitude because it has the propensity to cause unnecessary electoral violence in the country.

Mr. Mohammed Ali, former Secretary General of UP and now a political officer in the Office of UP’s Standard Bearer, told this newspaper that the party won’t dignify with an official response to what CDC started on Saturday.

“We are not going to dignify what they did with a response. Let them go ahead. We are a clean party. We have always run a clean campaign in all the elections that we have taken part in. CDC knows that it is going to lose the elections so they want to start electoral violence,” the UP official stressed.
Ali stated that they in the UP are more sophisticated to be drawn in what CDC has started. “We will run a clean campaign and we will win in the first round,” he declared.

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