GANTA, Nimba – The Congress for Democratic Change has concluded two-day festivities in Ganta. The well-attended ceremony, which was held at the Ganta United Methodist gymnasium, is in observance of the party’s ten years of existence in the country.
During the program, the standard bearer of the CDC, Senator George M. Weah attributed the under-development of Liberia to those he referred to as “educated people.” He said these people were elected into leadership yet they lack the passion for serving their people.
“It is sad to note that our people often elect leaders and people into government, expecting them to bring about positive change in their lives, but their expectations are never met,” Weah said.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Franklin Sayetokpah, the spokesman for the traditional leaders of Nimba who called Weah “a true and biological son of this county.” Although there has been recent rumors about Weah’s biological father being from Nimba, many media outlets, including the BBC, have reported that Weah is from the Kru ethnic group with ties to Grand Kru County.
In his statement, Sayetokpah said, “As you have come today to your own home, we as chiefs and elders of Nimba officially name you ‘Sayekorzie,’ meaning ‘our own.’ You have all of our support, and we are with you in your vision to be president of this country, Liberia.”
The CDC is the largest opposition political party in Liberia at the moment. The party was formed in 2005, prior to the special presidential and general elections held in the country, following 14 years of civil unrest.
CDC candidates were the runners-up during the last two elections to the Unity Party-lead government of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. The party is heavily supported by the youth.
Featured image courtesy of Arrington Ballah.