The newly elected Female dominated dedicated executive members of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) Party Washington Metropolitan Chapter led by its President Mrs. Beatrice Baby Conteh has been inaugurated in a grandiose occasion at the Hampton Conference Center 207 West Hampton Place Capital Heights Maryland.
Interim Chairman Ibrahim Sanpha Kamara administering the oath of office to APC-USA
The occasion which was full of pomp and pageantry saw very important personalities and high profile individuals including Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens, accredited to the United States, Canada and South America, Ambassador Ibrahim S. Conteh Deputy Ambassador, Hon. Alie D. Kamara Sierra Leone’s Northern Resident Minster, Ambassador Amadu Koroma Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Mrs. Isatu Sillah Minister Counselor and Head of Chancery embassy of Sierra Leone, Chief Methuselah Bradley Sierra Leone Consul in Pennsylvania and other very respected Academics and Professional Sierra Leoneans in the United States including members of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and different ex-members of defunct opposition political Parties, past and current APC Chapter Presidents and Executives from different parts of the USA including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Boston Massachusetts, Georgia, New York and Connecticut – gorgeously dressed in consonance with the charmingly designed ballroom.
THE HIGH TABLE : AMBASSADOR STEVENS ( FOURTH FROM RIGHT )
Aside the variety of chilled and very cold wines, were different brands of beer, assorted Soda’s and high quality liquor and different cuisines of Sierra Leonean, European and American Dishes to the pleasure and disposal of attendees.
The newly inaugurated members include Ms. Beatrice Baby Conteh President, Mr. Alfred Kebbie Sesay Vice President, Mr. Ahmed Wurie Secretary General, Mr. Allie Sahid organizing Secretary, Ms. Mariama Lowe Assistant Organizing Secretary, Mr. Richard Bangura Financial Secretary, Ms. Aminata Samba Treasurer, Ms. Florence Bangura women’s leader, Ms. Ann M Turay Assistant Women’s Leader, Ms. Saffie Bangura Youth Leader, Mr. Bobson Bangura Adviser and Ms. Abibatu Daramy Public Relations Officer.
Addressing the newly elected officers, the APC USA Chairman Mr. Ibrahim Sanpha Kamara paid homage to Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens and described him as a unifying factor. He recognized very high profiled members present and described them as a motivation to the APC Washington Metro for them to know that they are not alone.
Chairman Kamara gave a brief historical background of the Party and described the APC as a development oriented party that believes in peace and progress. He abhorred pettiness and other vices and encouraged the APC Washington Metro Chapter executive to work as a team. He encouraged them to be united in their endeavors, while working with a common goal in sight – that is to succeed.
He administered the oath of office to the newly elected executives and presented them with membership cards.
Responding, Madam Beatrice Baby Conteh thanked God for making her the President of the APC Washington Metro Chapter, and said she is highly indebted to the entire membership “for electing me and my executive to serve the chapter and the party for a period of two years.” The President of the Chapter called on members to put aside their differences and work as a team to make the APC party become stronger.
“We are calling on you to join us build a better chapter and stronger APC in the Diaspora. “Our chapter is positioned in a unique way to be the champion of peace, unity, and progress.
“That is one of the reasons why we should stand tall in telling every APC party or chapter member to put aside all self-centered thoughts and work for unity and peace. “Please join me in this noble course to bring about everlasting peace through unity of all groups and factions in the chapter into a unified umbrella of the APC Washington metropolitan chapter of the APC USA branch.
Comrades, His Excellency the President, Dr. Earnest Ba’i Koroma has laid out the roadmap for a continuation of his indefatigable efforts to transform Sierra Leone through the ‘Agenda for Change’ and now through the “Agenda for Prosperity”. “We in the Diaspora are looked upon to be the facilitators, the engine, the mechanism, and the champions of the agenda. “We have to be active participants not only with words, but by concrete and concerted efforts and actions to fulfill the aspirations, ideals and programs of the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’. By you endorsing me as the new President of the chapter and to this enviable position, I will endeavor to work assiduously with everyone, including chapters in the Diaspora through our common political platform for the implementation of the Agenda for Prosperity.”
In his keynote address, Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens welcomed the executive to office and thanked the APC Washington Metropolitan Chapter for the honor accorded him to witness the inauguration program. He said unifying the branch, swell its membership and raise funds for the Party will surely make them be attractive to the party hierarchy.
He assured them of his fullest cooperation as a member of the APC Washington Metro chapter and further pledged One Thousand United States Dollars to the branch.
Other distinguished speakers including Ambassador I.S. Conteh, Ambassador Amadu Koroma of New York Mission, Hon. Alie D. Kamara, deputy Spokesman Mr. Agibu Jalloh and other distinguished personalities spoke highly of the APC, the newly inaugurated executives and the need for APC members in the USA to be more active and strong.
Earlier, Mr. Ahmed Wurie Secretary General APC Washington metro chapter welcomed guests and described the APC Washington Metro Chapter as the “Mother of All Chapters” in the USA and promised to work hard to ensure that the APC party succeeds in the next elections.
Highlights of the ceremony saw the live performance of Vicky Fornah a popular musician and two others who added their own talents to make the occasion not an easy to forget.