Ernest Bai Koroma, leader of the main opposition the All People’s Congress (APC), has called on Sierra Leoneans not to judge the party on its past history, “as we have gone through democratic changes”.
Speaking to a battery of local and foreign journalists before casting his vote last Saturday at Goderich, he emphasized that, “we do not want to be reminded about it,” noting further that “we are determined to move forward, ensuing that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.”
The APC leader further told journalists that they were committed to the democratic process, and “we should not be judged by history,” stressing that “if you are going to use that what about the SLPP wherein all the main players in the then APC are now playing prominent roles in the ruling party.”
He went on to cite Dr Sama Banya and J.B. Dauda and even his presidential opponent, Solomon Berewa, and outgoing President Tejan Kabbah whom he said got their shares of corrupt and illegal regimes.
Responding to questions pertaining to the APC one party rule, he opined: “that is history now, it’s something behind us, that was the vogue of the moment.”
On his chances of winning the presidential ticket, he boasted, “I am very confident, I’ve been around the country and I know Sierra Leone is waiting for a change,” opining that “Sierra Leoneans have been long in poverty, poor delivery services, and the educational system is not up to what is expected.”
Mr Ernest Koroma also stated that “even the basic accessibility to light and water services is deteriorating.”
The APC leader went on to tell the journalists that when he would have won the elections he would put in motion a government of national unity, “as our party is a national one… I have provided that unity by unifying the country.”
Speaking on corruption, he said he was going to strengthen the Anti Corruption Commission by making it independent in terms of investigations and prosecutions while he would create a special court that would ensure that “its cases are treated speedily as possible”.
Before he went into the room to cast his vote, the APC leader emphasized that, “I am going to put up a serious fight against corruption when I become president of this country after August 11”.