CDC Takes Campaign To Bong By: Julius Konton

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After what was described as a thunderstorm National Campaign Launch , the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change would now hit the ground running for Central Liberia in continuation of its citizens engagement tour across the county.

The Party officially concluded phase three of the process in Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties.

 The two political gatherings were characterized by massive attendance from the people with overwhelming endorsements in support of President George Weah’s re-election bid.

As part of the process, The political train is expected to visit several Towns, Villages and Cities in strategic vote rich Bong County.

Bong County is amongst the first five vote rich counties in Liberia with registered voters of 234,787 people according to the National Elections Commission’s 2023 voters’ registration record.

But the CDC over the years has not numerically captured central Liberia due to other key factors .

The county is known to be the host of the National Patriotic Party ( NPP) that is now part of the Coalition for Democratic Change.

However, there has been some political disagreements within the party’s structure and has led to a split with two major groups, the Jewel Howard Taylor’s group and the James Biney’s group , this some say is having an impact on the overall numerical strength of the NPP relative to the Coalition.

On the other hand, some partisans of the NPP have had individual differences with their flag bearer,  Jewel Howard Taylor and have so far decided to remain on the political fence.

But, according to hierarchy of the party, they have since addressed their differences but the reality is still the opposite.

 Former Deputy Speaker now Senator Prince Moye who now appears to be the county’s  political godfather is now an executive of the opposition Unity Party while other lawmakers and eminent sons and daughters are also from the opposition block, something that makes it even more challenging for the ruling party.

However, the dynamics may change especially with some interventions from the ruling party in the county over the past years.

The ruling party in the wake of its tour in Bong County can boost of some tangibles to include the pavement of the Gbarnga Broad Street road, the electrification of major streets within the City, the construction of a modern and regional financial hub as well as the construction of Pro Poor Homes, among others.

 Moreover, the presence of the county’s daughter, Jewel Howard Taylor on the CDC ticket as  Vice Standard Bearer to President George Weah is another plus the people of Central Liberia could ride on.

It can be recalled that hundreds of students in Bong County benefited from scholarships and financial aid made possible by former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Nathaniel Mcgill who is now a Senatorial Candidate in Margibi County, a factor some say may pay  off for  the ruling party during these political times.

Led by its Standard Bearer , George Weah, CDICIANS are expected to dress in their regular blue and white attire in a political mood to catalog their achievements and to give reasons why the second time mandate of President Weah is crucial.

Political speeches, dancing and singing as well as assurance of hope for a change of a better Liberia and its people will all characterize said political gathering during the time of visit to Central Liberia.

As hundreds and thousands of Bongese poised to receive their leaders including the party in general and with the many political interplays, it is obvious that there will be mix views and opinions in the political corridors of one of the highly and politically contested Counties in central Liberia (Bong) especially with its numerical might which all politicians are battling to get a lion share of the cake.

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