The ANC is a constituent member of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), an opposition alliance. Currently, the CPP comprises of the ruling Unity Party (UP), the Alternative National Congress(ANC) and the Liberty Party (LP). The All Liberian Party (ALP), which was part of the CPP, recently withdrew from the CPP after the National Executive Committee of the party mandated its Political Leader, Benoni Urey to withdraw from the CPP on account that Mr. Cummings allegedly altered the frame work document of the CPP, an allegation Mr. Cummings has since dismissed.
In a speech delivered to the nation on Sunday, January 16, 2022, Mr. Cummings asserted, “Now is the time to stand up. Now is the time to be heard. It is not enough that we only wish the right things to happen in our country. Now is the time to make the right things happen. History has shown that the continued silence and inaction of any people will only feed the dangerous wrongs leaders selfishly perpetrate against the people. Now is the time to act strongly and decisively so that we do not enable the resistance of a discredited system to overcome our desires for real change.”
“As I have often said, change is hard. The people who are benefiting from the corrupt system will naturally fight against those who want to change it. We handed them the nations wallet hoping they would invest for us, but all they have done is taken money out of our pockets! Liberians are worse than spectators in their own economy. We are not in the VIP, stadium wing, or around the field. We are on the outside looking in and begging for tickets,” Mr. Cummings further asserted.
Mr. Cummings, who earlier in his speech averred that he and some of his ANC officials have been threatened with arrest, and are currently on trial before the Monrovia Magisterial Court, at the Temple of Justice on “forgery and criminal conspiracy” charges, accentuated that those who want change cannot just stand by and watch, saying “Real change requires all of us believing, speaking and acting for it to happen. Often, for real change to happen, people have to stand up and stand together. We have to act strongly and speak decisively.”
While describing the charges as baseless and false, the ANC standard bearer claimed, “Our accusers, Mr. Benoni Urey and his All Liberian Party (ALP), and the Government of Liberia know these charges are baseless and false. We also now know that Mr. Urey and the Government of Liberia are not alone in this conspiracy to lie and tarnish our hard-earned reputation and integrity.”
Speaking further, the prominent Liberian opposition leader reminded his fellow Liberians that, “Regardless of your tribe, religion, gender or party, I know deep inside, we can all agree that our country must change. We must change the direction of our country, and improve the living conditions of our people. We simply cannot continue in this leaderless, irresponsible and corrupt way.”
He recalled that for too long Liberians have been divided by tribe, gender, region, religion and political party.
But he was quick to further remind his fellow Liberians that suffering has no tribe, stressing that, “famine has no religion. Struggle has no gender. That is why the poverty we all see and experience everyday cuts DEEP across every tribe, every gender, every region, every religion, and every political party.”
“My fellow Liberians: I know too many of you have given up on change. For too long, promises have been made only to be broken. For too long, you have been promised equality in the distribution of the nation’s wealth only to see our leaders make themselves rich and richer as Liberians become poor and poorer. Doors of opportunities are being shut in your faces because you happen to belong to a tribe or a religion or even a gender. The stealing from the people has only gotten worse and worse. Well, this, too, is why they fear me. I am not a typical politician.
The government knows it cannot bribe me, or shut me up. My friends in the CPP know I am dead serious about promises I make. My track record of results speak for themselves. My opponents know they cannot frighten me or blackmail me - not even with false charges and political persecution. They know this because all I am interested in is helping to change our country for the better - to let make us do the right things because it will make Liberia better. And they know I mean it,” Mr. Cummings uttered.
“And so, today, I ask you not to lose hope. Now is not the time to give up. Like they say, when evil men connive, good people must unite. If you think things are bad, if you are unhappy with where your country is, if you are tired of your living conditions, the time to act is NOW. All across the various tribes, regions, religions, genders and parties, if we don't stand up and act together, as strongly and as decisively as we should for real change, I assure you…. things will only get worse! And it will not just get worse for us today, it will be worst for our children and their children, tomorrow,” the ANC political leader, among other things, added. See pages 6 &7 for the full text of Mr. Cummings’ speech as delivered.