The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) appears to keep advancing in negativity as its internal power struggle remains unbent at the advantage of politicians and opponents who want the party to crumble.
Associated with the presumed grass root opposition party have been demonstrations against what its members feel are unacceptable in Liberia’s political culture.
Bloody faces and deaths marked one of such demonstrations on the eve of the 2011 presidential runoff last November when the CDC protested that unless its demands for reforms within the National Elections Commission (NEC) were met it would not have taken part in the runoff election.
It seems that past demonstrations the CDC staged gained momentum thereby giving the party some leverage in the post-war country, but the momentum seems to be dropping and public interest wearing away to the discredit of the party that is striving to get state power.
Since the Unity Party successfully sealed the possible disturbances the demonstrations planned by the CDC would have during the ruling party’s second inauguration, not only on the ceremony but also on the morale of the civilian administration of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, threats of demonstration have again become the sermon some executives of the CDC have begun propagating.
Mr. George Solo who is regarded as a spokesperson of CDC has been keen on calling for a demonstration against developments that have taken place in the oil sector of Liberia with specific reference made about the appointment of President Sirleaf’s son (Robert Sirleaf’s) as Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia Board, terming it as a classic example of "nepotism" in the UP-led government.
Additionally, the CDC seems to have shot itself in the legs due to its internal divide which has reportedly denied it not to reach the deadline to submit the name of its nominee to participate in the Montserrado County District #11 By-elections created as a result of the recent death of Representative Moses Tandapollie. Tandapollie won on the ticket of the CDC during the 2011 October presidential and legislative elections.
Seemingly Liberians, both supporters and non supporters of the CDC are disinterested in demonstrations given the threats by the CDC which are being interpreted as violence and therefore not in the best interest of the state.
Political pundits who do neither believe in the ideology of the CDC nor the UP say that "CDC doesn’t get it; if demonstration is its only giant political strategy to claim public attention on significant national issues, then it’s taking the wrong route in addressing internal woes"