EBK To Continue as National Chairman and Leader
By Sia Sonsiama
Youth leaders of the All Peoples Congress have in their messages of felicitation at the just concluded annual conference of the APC National Youth League Intensify their calls for more time to be given to President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to continue as National Chairman and Leader of the All Peoples Congress to ensure the party remains united and fit to continue in governance after the 2018 elections. This call was further concretized as a resolution of the just concluded annual conference of the National Youth League.
Speaking at the annual conference in Makeni over the weekend, President of the National Youth League Comrade Bai Mahmoud Bangura in summing the aspirations of the youths of the party appealed to delegates to consider giving more time to President. He outlined the many fine attributes of President Koroma’s stewardship as National Chairman and Leader of the All Peoples Congress and admonished comrades who intend to succeed President Koroma as National Chairman and Leader of the APC to stay put and allow him more time.
“The Youth League is of the conviction that President Koroma’s contribution to the stability, unity and progress of the party is still needed and is of great value to the party’s continued stay in governance,” he said, adding President Koroma has changed the fortunes of the APC since taking the party from opposition to governance and having twice won presidential elections in 2007 and 2012.
He lauded the level of progress and development going on across the country through the implementation of the Agenda for Prosperity but lamented that this progress as temporarily stalled as a result of the Ebola outbreak.
He paid tribute to the members of the APC National Youth League, and all those, who died of the Ebola disease and also lauded the role played by the members of the National Youth League and all the youths of the country in the fight against Ebola.
Secretary of the National Youth League Comrade Alie Conteh while dilating on the theme: ‘Taking lessons from the past and current state of affairs of the APC: What can the youth offer to sustain the party in governance’, said one way the National Youth League think they can offer to sustain the party in governance is to trumpet and support the call to allow President Koroma more time to continue as National Chairman and Leader of the party.
Several well-wishing youths and delegates who graced and attended the conference told We Yone the call to allow President Koroma to continue as National Chairman and Leader of the party gathered steam during pre-conference consultations held at ward and constituency levels.
Political analysts say this call could be misunderstood as a strategy in support of a third term bid, but youth leaders of the APC insist the more time concept is not about a third term bid for President Koroma but about sustaining the APC’s continued stay in governance.
At the end of the two-day session, the National Youth League of the All Peoples Congress, as part of the resolutions adopted at the end of the conference, resolved that President Koroma should be given more time to continue as National Chairman and Leader of the party after he would have completed his second term of office as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.