Just after going unopposed as Leader/ Chairman and Presidential candidates for the 2012 general elections of the All Peoples Congress (APC), President Koroma says “I am humble by your actions and I accept it with great sense of responsibilities having in mind what you expect of me”.
President Koroma thanked them for the support he has seen in their faces and their commitment as they start another term of office. He added: “It is a big responsibility and a great challenge to accomplish but as we move to this new term I expect every member of the party to show responsibility and commitment to the party”.
President Koroma singled out the contributions those in the Diaspora have made for the party and noted that the political landscape has changed.
“Now people expect good governance, transparency, people expect us to fight corruption and to work within the law; the rule of Law will be supreme”, he told the gathering in Makeni.
He stressed “I want everybody to be disciplined, make sure this time people do not take the advantage of just going to the top, let us work within and through the structures of the party”.
He appealed to the new executive to work within the structures of the party, admonishing that the party has come a long way. He observed that this year the party is 49 years and it is a call for celebrations.
President Koroma noted that the party is proud of the history that they have achieved; we are in governance and when in governance we have tried to achievement some of the things in our party manifesto, we have to stick to what we have said we will do and we have to make sure that we deliver the promises we made.
He also noted that “we are still one of the poorest country in the world; we still have the challenge for people to have good roads, clean drinking water, electricity, but” I promise that what we have set out to do we will achieve it and I will use the energy and everything at my disposal to make sure I do not misplace the confidence reposed on me.
To the elders of the party, he thanked them for ensuring that the party is on the right track and also for the love and determination they have showed to the party.
He also thanked women delegates present and absent for their great support and encouragement they are showing for the party.
To the youth, he said the future of the party belongs to them; they have the energy, they have to replace us, they have to fight for the party, and they have to be full soldiers to the party.
Earlier on before the elections Mohamed L Bangura who lost the positions of Organizing Secretary to Alhaji M .S. Kargbo expressed great disappointment with President Koroma saying that he was not protected.
He said that before the elections were to be conducted he wanted to step down but was talked to by some top officials of the party with the hope that he will win the elections.
However, Bangura became angry when people used the long standing court cases he was having with President Koroma and others to campaign against him.
The party’s Secretary General who was returned unopposed Victor Foh in his statement said he will not let the party down; we will work hard at the Secretariat, we will work with the leadership and work with all the organs of the party so that 2012 will be victory for us.
At the end of the convention President Koroma was re-selected as Leader/ chairman and Presidential candidates for the 2012 elections, Chukuma Johnson as re-selected as deputy chairman, Victor Foh as Secretary General, Sani Sesay as Treasurer, Alpha Kanu as National Publicity secretary, Organising Secretary Alhaji MS Kargbo as Organizing Secretary.
Also Minkailu Mansaray was endorsed as Western Regional chairperson, Philipson Kamara for the North, Harold Hanciles for the South and Diana Konomani for the East.
At the end of the convention it was endorsed by the delegates that the next convention been in 2013 and will be held in Koidu Town, Kono district. It was also resolved that a committee made up of young lawyers chaired by Chernor Maju Bah be set up to review the APC 1995 constitution within five months. The Committee will look into a Presidential candidate and leader of the party being elected or selected in a convention and the expansion of NAG from 25 members to 31 members comprising of all members.
Delegates observed that some of those who won the elections are holding positions in the government and wonder if they would be able to perform to the expectations of the party.
Observers who attended the conference stated that it was peaceful although the presence of large numbers of military and police personnel left questions in the minds of people.
Cultural performance from all regions of the country climaxed the occasion.