MONROVIA-As elements from the opposition blocs and political pundits long conceived the perception that given the internal wranglings that led to the painful demise of the once famous Collaborating Political Parties, (CPP), especially between two rivals, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai and Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, the Stand Bearer and former Vice President would have swept the collaboration of opposition political parties under the carpet.
But the former Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai has broken the silence on the matter stressing that the Unity Party is now open to a full collaboration with opposition politicians including, Alexander B. Cummings of the Collaborating Political Party (CPP) and the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) of Nimba County Senator, Prince Y. Johnson.
The lead opposition politician to soccer legend and political leader of the Coalition for Democratic Change said he as a lead candidate of the opposition bloc in Liberia, is more prepared than ever before, set and ready to contest for the Liberian Presidency in the impending 2023 October 10 Legislative and Presidential Elections.
He made the statement over the weekend in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA).
“I am opened to collaboration with the CPP of Alexander Cummings, the MDR of Senator Prince Johnson, and others,” the former Liberia Vice President in the Unity Party-led government of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The statement is coming when Liberians in the opposition community are calling for collaboration amongst the opposition if President George M. Weah must be made what they called a one-term President of Liberia.
Many opinion polls conducted in Liberia by the Liberian media have always placed the former Liberian Vice President at the top of all opposition politicians thus making him the alternative of the majority members of those in the opposition community.
The repeated calls have not ceased since the inception of the Weah-Taylor-led government in 2018.
The situation led to the formation of the Council of Patriots and subsequently, the CPP.
The group held together even in the 2020 Special Senatorial Election that saw the CPP winning more strategic counties and other by-elections as a result of what was seen as unity in diversity.
The CPP later broke down after the Unity Party parted waves with the CPP as a result of a misunderstanding over a framework document and a leadership crisis.
In recent times, there have been reports of a planned possible merger or reorganization of the original CPP with an understanding that businessman Alexander B. Cummings is considering yielding to calls for him to go as running mate (Vice Standard Bearer) to Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai in a rather stratified and much stronger CPP.
With the open declaration by the former Vice President to the VOA, it seems that said declaration is the confirmation of the rumors as the saying says, “Where there is smoke, there is fire”.
Weeks ago, the former political leader of the MDR told the VOA that he was breaking away from the political marriage between the ruling CDC and the MDR because according to him, the honey mood was over with the ruling establishment.
He later said that he was in consultations with the UP, ANC, and other political parties and that very soon he could show his next direction of support for the Liberian Presidency.
“We are in consultations with several opposition political parties like the ANC, UP, and other opposition political parties and we will soon announce our next direction on who to support for the Presidency,” the Nimba County Senator said.
It is not, however, clear how welcoming is the news to the CPP political leader who is said to have repeatedly said that he does not want anything less than the Liberian Presidency.