After a landslide win (287 to 27) at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) elections in Kenema last Saturday, re-elected President for the second term Umaru Fofanah while delivering his victory speech told the crowded hall of SLAJ members “I owe you results.”
Earlier after Chief Electoral Commissioner Ransford Wright declared Umaru the winner he was carried shoulder high in a chair up to the podium to give his victory speech.
In the short victory speech which was delivered in a hoarse voice that was breaking from the exhaustion of talking too much during the two days conference Umaru said he was “overwhelmed by the overwhelming confidence” reposed in him.
Although happy the re-elected SLAJ President said he felt “challenged, because I know it comes with a lot of responsibility which I assure you I will go out of my way, if need be, to live up to.”
He maintained that “SLAJ will never be the same again” adding that “accountability, transparency and true stewardship will forever be the norm.”
Umaru promised that in the coming weeks his executive will come up with a framework of what they plan to do and how to do it, especially for the coming 2012 elections.
Lastly in a magnanimous show of political savvy Umaru used the opportunity to say he has “forgiven Mustapha Sesay (his opponent in the elections) for all the unnecessary campaigns he has launched against (him) and SLAJ” and called on all SLAJ members to do the same.