Liberia — Cllr. Winston Tubman of the Democratic Change (CDC) has again commits himself to contest the 2017 presidential election on the party’s ticket.
Cllr. Tubman told the New Dawn in an exclusive interview on Thursday December 10, that it will an appreciable and a unique move for the party to feature him as standard bearer, while current political leader, Senator George Mannah Weah occupies the space of vice running mate.
Cllr. Tubman comments come at the time officials of both the Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine’s Liberty Party and the CDC are in serious merger talk ahead of the 2017 presidential race. Moreover the CDC says it will not merge with any political party that do not consider Sen. Weah as the standard bearer.
But the two times defeated presidential candidate, once referred to as “the government bone” after he was kicked out of the National Democratic Party of Liberia or NDPL of slain ex-president Samuel Doe following his defeat in 2005 insists, he is returning to the CDC with his former position in mind as standard bearer.
Cllr. Tubman has contested two presidential elections unsuccessfully beginning with 2005, when he was knocked out in the first round, coming fourth with 9.2 percent of the total votes against Madam Sirleaf. Also during the first round of voting 2011, the former UN diplomat was again defeated by President Sirleaf, but got enough ballots (32%) to force a run-off, which he subsequently boycotted.
Cllr. Tubman who contested on the ticket of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) during the 2011 Presidential election said “I am looking for the right institution that I can operate from and come 2017 I will be an active and strong player.”
Story adapted from http://allafrica.com/