Amid recent widespread reports that the political leader of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) George Weah, in the absence of party primaries, is singlehandedly handpicking those he wants to run for district seats in the October 10, 2017 elections, a prominent stalwart of CDC, Attorney Kanio Gbala, has reportedly ‘suspended’ his membership from the party.
The tender of Mr. Gbala’s suspension from CDC party affairs comes hot on the heels of the recent resignation of CDC’s USA Secretary General, Laraamand S. Nyonton, who accused the CDC leadership of pledging his support to all current CDC lawmakers and non-aprtisan lawmakers who supported him during his 2014 bid for the senate.
In his resignation letter at the time, Nyonton laid out the following issues that caused him to resign:
1. Unjustifiable consensus on certain party’s legislative seats for all current CDC lawmakers and non-partisan lawmakers who supported Ambassador Weah’s 2014 senatorial bid.
2. The “Movement” has sharply transformed into a new hub for generational biases and different forms of intra-party discrimination practiced at all levels of the party.
3. Corruption and abuse of trusted office of by some members of the National Executive Committee (NEC).
4. Promotion of the culture of “class-privilege” mainly practiced by the Political Leader, something that gives a sense of entitlement to his close friends, mutual female associates (mutual beneficiaries), and others who simply come to the CDC using illicit resources to penetrate the echelon of the party’s structure.
5. A revealing sense of internal division and fights, supported by a disturbing norm of “race for allegiance” carried out by partisans who feel well connected and closely associated to the Political Leader.
6. A realistic assessment of CDC today unequivocally reveals the party’s naked quest for state power without tangible plans and a winning strategy for October 2017.
Capitol Times has reliably gathered that Kanio Gbala has already forwarded his suspension letter to the CDC hierarchy. However, when contacted, CDC Secretary General Janga Kowo informed this paper that as far as the party is concerned, there is no such policy as a stalwart suspending his or her membership from the party. “As far as we are concerned, Kanio Gbala has resigned from the party,” Kowo stated emphatically.
Public Backlash to Kanio’s CDC Membership ‘Suspension’
Says Siaka Sheriff: “Brother Kanio Bai Gbala you are a big brother that I have so much respect for. As the news hit me that you have suspended your membership with our Mighty Congress for Democratic Change, I want to use this medium to say thank you for the time spent. I stand with you, I stand by you, and I wish you all the best in your political life. What I can safely say is that you will be missed as we gear toward October!!!
Samuel Nyenuh: “When we say to our people that CDC is not a serious political party, the guys proffer lazy arguments. CDC is George Weah's personal political business; he decides who runs on the party's ticket. The highest bidder takes the day. Sadly, this time, there is no bidding because all the positions have been sold. We are told that there will be absolutely no primary in the CDC. I see more people leaving the CDC because of its undemocratic, greedy, self seeking executive members most especially weah. The guys are making business with the CDC at the expense of the ordinary diehard Cdcians.”
Emmanuel Koon: “If CDC can push out Eugene Nagbe, Cole Bargalu, George Solo & others...if Col Jimmy Smith who got CDC ticket after joining the party two weeks to election(2011) over James James M. Flomo-Kellen who was with the party for more than two years prior to election, do you think they give a damn about youthful and brilliant Kanio Bai Gbala? Anybody with fat pocket will get CDC slot in Montserrado.”