FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2020
A Special Statement by Alexander B. Cummings, Political Leader of the CPP on
Developments Surrounding the Primary and Violence in Nimba County
Fellow Liberians and partisans of the Collaborating Political Parties. On Sunday, September 6, 2020, delegates of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), the Unity Party (UP), the Liberty Party (LP) and the All Liberian Party (ALP), gathered in Sanniquellie to hold a primary to elect a candidate to represent Nimba in the 2020 Special Senatorial Elections.
More than being the political capital of Nimba, Sanniquellie, bears another symbol – the birthplace of African Unity. CPP was therefore thrilled to assemble in Sanniquellie, believing that the ideals Liberia championed in 1963 to unite Africa, would keep the people of Liberia united through the CPP.
Unfortunately, the primary was not managed properly and became a divisive bloody theatre
of violence, causing great pain and embarrassment to the CPP. For fear of his life, Taa Wongbe, a major contender and candidate of the ANC and his supporters, did not participate in the primary, thereby rendering the primary – between only two candidates – incomplete and invalid. An Independent Review Panel (IRP) constituted to investigate the conduct of the Nimba County Senatorial Primary did not validate the results and further noted the process as flawed and lacking credibility. As leader of the CPP, I am concerned about the outcome of the primaries, and accept the painful truth from the IRP.
Today, I renew my condemnation of the violence and the Nimba primary process as flawed and therefore consider its outcome invalid. I reiterate my position and remain firm that no candidate won the Nimba primary. Under the circumstances, it may be logical to split the biblical baby as in King Solomon’s days – to allow each of the candidates (Taa Wongbe and Edith Gongloe-Weh) to freely contest as independent candidates if they choose. And that choice is theirs to make.
As Political Leader of the both the CPP and the ANC, I am mostly concerned about saving
Liberia by keeping the CPP together and redirecting our energies toward our real challenge – the corrupt and inept leadership of our Country, while being mindful of the special political interest of the ANC.
There comes a time when leaders must make sacrifices, devoid of selfish political motives, for the common good of a country and people. I recognize that this is not an ideal situation and is tough. However, we must make compromises to keep the CPP together and strong. I am therefore grateful that Taa Wongbe of the ANC has agreed with me and consented to put Liberia above ourselves and make the sacrifice while he makes decisions on his next steps. Under this circumstance, I, Alexander B. Cummings, have agreed to let Edith Gongloe-Weh represent the CPP in Nimba. This will ensure that we have candidates in each of our 15 counties in the upcoming elections, that the CPP and especially ANC is
committed to women empowerment and increase of female representation.
To our colleagues in the CPP, our numerous compromises on many occasions within the CPP is not a sign of weakness, but a determination to keep Liberia’s opposition together, despite attempts to break it apart. We are committed to redeeming Liberia through a united fight against the CDC. To our partisans in the ANC, we have made several compromises in the interest of keeping the CPP together, and in many instances hurt the ANC. But let us remember that Liberia is greater than us all. We assure you that Liberia will win and the ANC and CPP will triumph.
God bless you, God bless Liberia and save the state! I thank you.
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