Montserrado County electoral District #7 Representative Moses Acarous Gray says the resignation of former party stalwart Kanio Bai Gbala has been long overdue and did not surprise him.
“As a politician, I knew they would have left once they feel they cannot win the primary because to beat an incumbent is difficult,” Gray said. According to him, the former press and propaganda man used his position at the CDC to market himself instead of the CDC. “People left the CDC with the belief that they couldn’t win the primary in their various districts, because they are going against an incumbent. We have to go to primary before contesting on the party ticket,” he said. Speaking on the Monday April 24, 2017 edition of the Capitol Breakfast Club on Capital FM 89.7, the lawmaker noted, contrary to speculations that the party is witnessing mass exodus of stalwarts and partisans, the party has been able to attract the highest number of persons or institutions in the last six months to sign a deal, sealed and done ahead of the October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representatives elections in the country. “With the NPP and LPDP coming to the CDC, it means the CDC is very prepared than all other political parties in Liberia. No party has been able to do that for the last one year,” he said. According to him, those parties that formed the coalition have numbers; not only the individuals and they will go all out to encourage their members to elect the coalition ticket. He added: “When four or maximum six persons resign from a party, the newspaper headlines will say ‘mass exodus’. It is unfortunate to consider that as mass exodus, but some editors believe when they publish articles or air on the CDC, their papers will be sold or their radio will get more listeners.” The outspoken lawmaker noted that all the political parties in Liberia have experienced the departure of some members. He named former Speaker Alex Tyler, Representative Moses Kollie, Blamo Wesseh and Mr. Musa Bility as stalwarts who defected from the Unity Party. Recently the head of press and propaganda of the Coalition for Democratic Change, Kanio Bai Gbala, resigned and joined opposition Liberty Party. Kanio was not clear with the reason behind his resignation, but report had it that his departure is based on interest to contest the Representative seat of District #3 in Montserrado County, against the political leader of the party preferred choice, incumbent lawmaker, Bill Tweahway. Artoe Gkornea also exited the CDC. He served the party as the CDC-USA Chairman for the State of Arizona. He also served the party in the capacities of CDC-USA National Executive Committee Member, Senior Strategist of the Global Fundraising Committee and Co-Chair of Planning and Strategy. Meanwhile, Representative Gray revealed that 12 of the 14 lawmakers who endorsed Senator George Weah’s candidacy in the 2014 Special Senatorial elections have attended executive committee meetings and they have formed part of the coalition. He said since the election of Senator Weah, only Representatives Edwin Snowe and Boimah Fahnbulleh have not been at the headquarters of the CDC. Moreover, Representative Gray stated that all those contesting against him in his District are matchless, as such, he will be re-elected.