In keeping with Section 8.5 of the new election law of 1986 amended in 2004, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) comprising the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), National Patriotic party (NPP) and the Liberian People Democratic Party (LPDP) were on Thursday December 29, 2016, certificated and cleared to partake in the ensuing elections.
But appearing on Capitol Fm Breakfast Show yesterday, Counselor Tubman stated that the coalition contravenes the hope that the CDC was established to offer a new direction and hope for the country’s youthful population.
“I had thought and hoped that CDC would offer the country a new direction, hope, and bring in new energy to tackle the problems of the country. The direction in which the party is now moving is not that direction,” Tubman said.
He said part of the reason why he decided to become a member of the CDC was that he had the inner sense that they had a useful energy, promising to lead the country into a new dynamic direction where young people play a leading role. “But what it seems to me is that the road they are taking now is not quite that road,” he said.
He noted, “they are going with parties and names that the Liberian people know and have read about in various contexts. When I was associated with the CDC and George Weah in particular, I felt that he was able to bring a lot of young people into the picture who could lead the country in a new direction and I felt this could happen.
“The direction they have moved in cannot be the direction where they are saying to the Liberian people we have something new and different to offer. Because the people they have made partners are people that the Liberian people know a lot about”, he added.
Cllr. Tubman cautioned that if one wants to offer something new, “you don’t go back to people who have already shown what they are able to produce. This is not the way youthful and energetic Liberians should be moving,” he said.