By Togar Alexander Bealded
Up at 3am on my usual surfing of the global world: internet, TV or radio, I read the five paragraphs release coming from the ‘Revolutionary National Youth League of the CDC,’ penned down by my dear friend and one youth I have a great deal of respect for, Jefferson Koijee.
Koijee, from my linguistic ‘Context clue’ understanding as an English minor was clear to mention that his party had set up a team of negotiators to face the Liberty party of two times failed Presidential contender, Cllr. Charles Brumskine.
His fourth paragraph got me wondering: ‘The Youth League also uses this medium to encourage our esteem partisans to respect the democratic rights of other smaller political parties to engage in party building activities. This is the tolerance we need to demonstrate that we are prepared to govern and lead a country that belongs to us all.’
This fourth paragraph kills the essence of the negotiation talks and demonstrates the fact that the CDC sees other parties like the Liberty Party as ‘Small’ and that negotiating with them is just to decide their fate on the substitute bench of the ‘Grand coalition’ of opposition political parties which the Liberty Party is not. But yes, the CDC is right; statistically the LP is a small party.
I like to be grateful to Mr. Koijee and his CDC for such quick realization that LP remains a ‘Regime Collaborator’ and being a ‘Small Party’ they can be no major face of an opposition ‘Grand Coalition 2017.’ The party’s Chairman, Mr. Fonati Koffa is the lawyer of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and a consultant at the Finance Ministry. Can anyone safely say that the LP is an opposition political party? Is this what Liberians are looking forward to?
Cllr.Charles Brumskine has been a poorly Presidential performer since he came on the pedestal, from 3rd place in 2005 and 4th in 2011; Brumskine is headed for 5th maybe in 2017 taking into account his political retrogression history.
Making the pronouncement on the heels of the launch of the All Liberian Party of Businessman/Politician/millionaire Benoni Urey, speaks to the fact this is a ‘Scare Tactics’ being portrayed by the CDC, long before the game gets started.
Alluding to my assumption, Koijee wrote in his last line: ‘Let us wish the ALP and other newly established political parties all the best in their formation process and also open our arms wide to incorporate them in the governing arrangement.’
Unlike the ‘Small’ Liberty Party mentioned by Koijee in the fourth paragraph, the Youth League boss then welcomed the ALP or if I may say is prostrating for negotiation talks. Koijee, in the fifth paragraph is saying, unlike the LP that is begging for coalition talks with the CDC, his party, knowing the strength of what he singled out ‘ALP and other newly formed political parties’ is welcoming talks.
I like to salute the Youth League for the fast realization that the LP is a small party and asking for coalition talks with newly established political parties especially the ALP. What remains Mr.Koijee, is to be formal with your plead and to inform several of your compatriots who are on an unending battle to derail said progress by writing diatribe to appease their scanty minds to immediately stand down!!!
If you, Mr.Koijee believe in the co-existence with vibrant and newly formed political movements, then all you need is to instill the tolerance as mentioned in paragraph 4 in all your partisans: ‘This is the tolerance we need to demonstrate that we are prepared to govern and lead a country that belongs to us all.’
We might be quiet but we have not been sleeping, I am back to bed and best wishes…Be back soon!!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Togar Alexander Bealded is a graduate of the United Methodist University; has been involved with media work and political activities since 2005.Branded and worked with several politicians. Is the current Managing Director of LIB24 FM/TV in Monrovia. Can be reached on 0886657498 or firstname.lastname@example.org