By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan (Correspondent)
The Former Vice Standard Bearer of the Alternative National Congress, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulonteh, has officially joined the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), making it the fifth political party he has subscribed political loyalty to in sixteen years.
The former Liberian Ambassador to the United States, Mexico and Candida was a member of the Liberia Action Party (LAP) in 2004 and resigned to join National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL) in 2005.
Mr. Sulunteh became a member of Unity Party in 2006 after he lost the Vice Presidency to Joseph Nyumah Boakai. He later joined the Alternative National Congress in 2017 and became the Vice Standard Bearer in the 2017 general and Presidential elections but was unable to deliver his home District to the ANC.
Making his official pronouncement to the Congress for Democratic Change on Saturday October 17, 2020 in Gbarnga, Ambassador Sulunteh said, his decision to join the ruling establishment comes from the party’s willingness to support national patriotism and the love for all.
He said following consultations with his family and supporters he realized that it’s appropriate for national interest to supersede his personal interest, describing the CDC as a party that supports nationalism.
“Having gathered in the beautiful city of Gbarnga today, I am very delighted to announce to you and to the people of Bong County and Liberia that our loyal and committed members of the friends of sulunteh join me here today to officially and publicly declare our membership to the mighty Congress for Democratic. I want to tell Mr. Chairman, that we are coming to the CDC with not pre-condition” Mr. Sulunteh noted.
The former Liberian Diplomat who should have contested in the December 8, 2020 senatorial elections described the failure of the Collaborating Political Parties CPP to conduct primary in Bong County as deceit on the part of officials.
“Why should you conduct a primary in other Counties and handpick Candidate in Bong County? That is what we call deceit, he adds.
Mr. Sulunteh later told the public that, he will not contest in the upcoming elections as he immediately declared support for Bong County incumbent Senator Henry Willie Yallah.
“Once I have joined the CDC, there is no way that I can support another person, so I want to announce my support for Hon. Yallah in the upcoming elections” he maintained.
Officially accepting Mr. Sulunteh, CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu, thanked the Ambassador for crossing carpet to the “mighty CDC”.
Chairman Morlu described Ambassador Sulunteh as an experienced man who has served the country and will bring a lot to the party.
He said the party will do all it can to ensure that its new member gets all the benefits he deserves.
“I want to tell you Amb. Sulunteh, even though you said you have come to the party without a pre-condition, but I can assure you that what belongs to you will be given.
Our party is a party that loves everyone and gives to everyone what belongs to him/her so you are welcome and thank you for joining us as we fight for the best for our people” he concludes.
Our Bong County Correspondent says, this is the fourth time Ambassador Sulunteh has back- off from a Senatorial election. He withdrew from the raise in 2011 on grounds that former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf asked him to support another Candidate.
He also failed to contest in 2014 and supported another person and in the 2018 senatorial by-election after the CDC failed to support him as he expected.