The December 8, 2020 Senatorial election is months away. But already, tension is brewing across political hotspots including Montserrado County with incumbent Senator Abraham Darius Dillon threatening bloodbath.
“George Weah know what they’re playing with. When I said they throw rock, we will throw rock; when they throw stone we will do the same, the whole country descended on me: Liberia Council of Churches and others. Had anything happened to me, I wonder George Weah think he will sleep at his house? Had anything happened to me today, I wonder George Weah think he will be at his house drinking hennessy? They’re tempering with the goddamn wrong person,” Senator Dillon said in a live Facebook podcast.
“The next time there is disturbance at any of my programs, we will go for George Weah [President]. …there will be no election activities in this country. I am giving this order to all members of CPP who believe in our judgement to carry rocks whenever we are going to have a program. If George Weah doesn’t leave his house when it happens, we will throw stone at his house.”
Senator Dillon made the statement following a standoff in District 16 Montserrado County on Sunday.
“If they shoot guns, they will not know where guns will come from to respond,” the Montserrado County incumbent Senator stressed.
Before the dust settles on the scaring statement, the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) issued a statement on the evening of Monday, September 14, 2020 condemning the threat.
“The Mighty Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) categorically condemns the threat of violence and war-mongering emanating from the opposition Collaborating Political Party’s senator, Hon. Abraham Darius Dillon,” the party’s statement indicated.
The CDC calls on all well-meaning Liberians, civil society groupings, the international community, and our development partners to categorically condemn the latest threat on our peace by Senator Dillon.
The statement continued: The opposition Collaborating Political Parties has threatened to disrupt the pending electoral process thus, instructing their supporters to throw stones at any government functions, gatherings of the CDC and the convoy of the President.
The CPP, through the Montserrado Senator Darius Dillon, has encouraged all partisans of the CPP to carry with them from now on bags of stones, machetes and firearms to harm people he claims to be CDCIANS.
Mr. Dillon has been campaigning freely; no one has ever attacked him because the CDC believes in peaceful coexistence and the protection of the fundamental rights to movement, association and freedom of speech for every Liberian regardless of their political, religious or ethnic persuasions.
The CDC views Mr. Dillon’s statement as not only inciting but disruptive of the peace and stability of our country; and is tantamount to threat against constituted authority, a recipe for chaos and a destabilization attempt in our already fragile democracy that we are all trying to nurture to maturity.
We call on the national security apparatus to remain vigilant and bring to book anyone involved in any acts of violence.
We have facts that the unfortunate situation in district #16 yesterday was staged and orchestrated by known supporters of Sen. Dillon upon his instructions; evident by the brutalization and blooding of many of our partisans attending this Press conference.
The CDC calls on its partisans not to be provoked in the midst of violence and should always seek legal redress even if violence is meted out against any CDCian.
The CDC makes clear that it will not tolerate any act of violence by any of its structures, partisans or leaders and will not hesitate to institute necessary disciplinary actions against any partisan involved in violence.
We hence, call on the United Nation, the Government and People of the United States of America, AU, EU, and ECOWAS to monitor the CPP as it is a violent institution which can do anything in desperation for power, evident by its bloody primary in Nimba which had less than two hundred participants as compared to the CDC’s peaceful and transparent primaries held Nationwide with over fifty thousand participants.
Furthermore, the CDC strongly frowns on the mass trucking of voters from one part of the country to another by the collaborating Political Parties (CPP) especially Senator Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence of Grand Bassa County.
In conclusion, CDC encourages all Liberians especially eligible voters throughout the fifteen political sub divisions of the Republic of Liberia to take advantage of the voters registration update process and want to appeal that the National Elections Commission extends the time of the ongoing voter registration exercise.”