Thousands of All people’s Congress (APC) supporters defied the downpour to dance through the streets of Freetown celebrating the provisional nomination of their Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates for the August 2007 elections.
The happy crowd, danced from the National Electoral Commission (NEC) office housed at the Wellington industrial estate, a few kilometers out of Freetown to their party office in the east of Freetown.
The APC became the 5th party to fulfill nomination procedures set up by NEC for the 2007 elections.
After the normal filling and signing of forms, and paying the one million leones nomination fee, Ernest Koroma the Presidential candidate said “We are very satisfied with the process of nomination; it shows that NEC has displayed a great level of transparency”
He added that he hoped that transparency will continue until the Chief Commissioner, Dr Christiana Thorpe announce the winner of the 2007 elections.
Dr Thorpe before confirming the provisional nominations asked if Ernest Koroma wins how will his government involve civil society in governance.
Answering, the APC leader declared that there should be a ‘change’ of the concept of governance.
He assured that his party has gone through positive changes and with these changes they can effect the changes required in the country.
Ernest Koroma said that civil society has a role to play in governance but much has to be done to get civil society imbibe the roles they should play in the dynamics of governance, while stressing that no one has monopoly over governance.
“Change” is the bedrock and slogan for the APC Campaign and the Presidential Candidate overstressed it when answering to journalists who wanted to know what the party will do if they take over government.
Ernest Koroma promised Sierra Leoneans that they will principally restore the utilities (water and Electricity) before they embark on what he defined as “The APC Development Agenda”
He explained that this Agenda is to look into social service delivery –health, Education and welfare issues, then they will focus on the Economy ‘to turn it around.’
The APC flag bearer assured all that they will ensure a transparent, corrupt free government.
Yesterday also at the nominations for the first time was the APC running mate, Samuel Sam-Sumana who made his first public appearance testing the approval of the party faithfulls.
He was overwhelmingly hailed and party stalwarts who spoke with Awoko said that coming from Kono was a plus for the party and a good choice.