In a press briefing held at the SLAJ hall, at Campbell Street, the National Reformation Movement (NRM) of the All Peoples Congress (APC) has said that they will not rest until they democratize the party. The chairman of the NRM Sheridan Kamara said he was a member of the Constitutional Review Committee of the party and their task was to review the constitution that will be acceptable by all as they are now in a democratic era. “I had to fight very hard to get the other members to accept that selection and consultation be expunged from the constitution and be replaced by elections. This was almost not feasible and because I was representing NRM and Sierra Leone I had to resign. It was after I resigned that the National Advisory Council (NAC) the second highest body of the party had to take the decision to expunge the selection and consultation (clause) from the draft copy.” He said that was a victory for them, but they became suspicious again when the Secretary General of the party issued a press release that they have received the draft copy and it is going though editing, that made them became suspicious. “We demanded to get the draft that has been edited but was not given and we do not know what they have inputted behind our back. It is for that reason that we are not comfortable to be part of the Port Loko convention. The delegates list is outdated and they must make fresh elections to choose all delegates, but that has not been done.” Sheridan Kamara averred that because of all these challenges, they wrote to PPRC to put on hold this weekend conference and they were invited by them to sit with the party leadership, but unfortunately, the APC leadership did not attend the meeting.
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In an interview with the Public Relations Officer of PPRC, Lucien Momoh, said indeed they should have met with NRM and the APC leadership, but the leadership was not present. “It was when we had called off the meeting that Karamoh Kabba arrived with a letter from the party leadership to inform PPRC that they were unavoidably absent because of certain commitment.” “We have written to both that they should come to the PPRC head quarter to be present on Friday 1.30 pm for the meeting. We do hope that they will both be present and we will be able to solve the impasse amicably.” Many speakers’ made submissions during the press conference as they all hammered the point that the party must be democratic and every member of the party must have equal opportunity to vote and be voted for. They all averred that if they cannot sanitize their party then how can they be able to cascade it to the country when they are in power. They made it clear that they don’t want a fight with the party but they would end one if started because APC belongs to all of them and not few people. Hon Sirajin Rollings Kamara said he is now 54 years and it was at that age that Ernest Koroma became President of Sierra Leone, so this is the right time to change the constitution and make it democratic to accommodate everybody and not the privileged few. He said they are fighting for their children and they will not relent until APC becomes democratic where everybody has one vote and equal say. Hon Robin Faley who is the deputy National Publicity Secretary II said he is resigning his position from the executive and will continue to be a member of the party. He said the reason why he is stepping down is because of the arrogance and selfishness of the executive that do not want change as they want to continue to subject them under their rule. Robin Faley said he has been advocating for change and even though he is not a member of NRM, but he supports their position and believes they will succeed at the end of the day.
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