The much-talked about ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) -USA Convention ended yesterday with Mr. Unisa Kanu of Atlanta, Georgia becoming the new Chairman through elections by consultations . The result heralded a power shift from the nation’s capital, Washington-DC to Atlanta, Georgia.
There was jubilation in the hall when the results were announced and women sang their traditional songs in congratulations of the new Chairman and his executive.
UNISA KANU MAKING HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
MEMBERS OF THE BRANCH REJOICING AFTER THE RESULTS
JUBILATION AFTER THE RESULT
HON. ALLIEU PAT-SOWE ADDRESSING THE CONVENTION
THE CROWDED HALL
THE CONVENTION WAS WELL ATTENDED
AMBASSADOR YANSANEH ADDRESSING THE CONVENTION BEFORE ANNOUNCING THE RESULTS
HON. MINKAILU MANSARAY SPEAKING
In congratulating the new executive, the Secretary General of the APC, Ambassador Osman Yansaneh , who also announced the results , described the USA Branch of the party as the pinnancle of the APC’s diapora branches and he pledged the party’s commitment to continue working with APC-USA to bring more success to the party
He admonished the branch to accept the results and work with the new executive, philosophising that power comes from God and promising others that their own time will come and when it does, nobody will be able to stop them.
He had also stated during the consultative meeting earlier in the day that the USA Branch is very important because it is hub around which the activities of the diaspora radiate. He thanked the Chairman of the outgoing Interim Administration, Mr. Ibrahim Sanfa Kamara, and team for their hard work in instilling peace and for increasing the numbers of members of the Branch.
ABIE KANU FROM CALIFORNIA ( SECOND FROM LEFT )
ABU DABOH ( RIGHT ) AND TEAM FROM OHIO DURING THE CONSULTATIONS
The Deputy Chairman of the APC and Minister of Mines, Hon. Minkailu Mansaray appealed for the spirit of peace to prevail in APC-USA. He also commended the branch as very important to the APC and he too pledged Freetown’s willingness to work with the branch for the betterment of the party . “Together with you, we can make Sierra Leone great; together with you , we can make Sierra Leone the envy of West Africa, ” he added.
THE HEATED COSULTATIONS
Captain Momodu Alieu Pat-Sowe , Minister of Trade and Industry & All Peoples Congress Regional Chairman (Western Area), stressed the virtues of patience with detractors even within one’s own political party. He said that when people try to antagonize him he tries to win them over through peaceful and friendly methods as he believes that members of the party belong to one family and there should be no rancor among them.
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the U.S, His Excellency Mr. Bockarie Stevens , thanked the APC-USA for a very successful convention . In congratulating the new executive, Mr. Stevens stressed the fact that there were many challenges ahead and charged them to start preparing immediately.He thanked New Jersey for a job well done to host the convention and the guests.
THE OUTGOING CHAIRMAN IBRAHIM SANFA KAMARA AND ONE OF HIS FORMER OFFICIALS FINDA FILLIE-FABOE. BEHIND THEM LEFT IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE APC-NEW JERSEY ALIMAMY TURAY
Mr. Ibrahim Sanfa Kamara, the outgoing Chairman, thanked members of the APC-USA for their cooperation during his tenure and gave some piece of good news that though he met nothing in the kitty, he is leaving the Branch in sound financial footing.
Mr. Alimamy Turay , in his statement, recognized Minister of State (2), Foreign Affairs, Ms. Isata Kabia as home grown , and thanked her for her dedication to the Chapter . He also thanked other members of the branch for helping him stage a successful convention.
The day climaxed with a big banquet .
The new executive :
- CHAIRMAN – Unisa Kanu
- VICE-CHAIRMAN 1-Joseph Bobson Kamara
- VICE CHAIRMAN 2–Memunatu Conteh
- SECRETARY -Abdul Modi Kargbo
- ASSISTANT SECRETART 1 -Joshua Murray
- ASSSTANT SECRETARY 2-Joshua Kabba
- WOMEN’S LEADER -Mariama Lowe
- ASSISTANT WOMEN’S LEADER 1 -Hawa Yansaneh
- ASSISTANT WOMEN’S LEADER 2 -Isatu Lyoud
- YOUTH LEADER-Umaru Deen Koroma
- PRO -Abu Mankota Kamara
- ASSISTANT 1 – Samuel Kargbo
- ASSISTANT 2- Umaru Jalloh
- DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS – Dr. Matthew Kamara
- ASSISTANT 1- Mary Jay
- ASSISTANT 2 -Hannah Conteh
- WELFARE/HOSPITALITY – Abie Jalloh
- ASSISTANT 1 -Hannah A. Bangura
- ASSISTANT 2- Khadi Jalloh
- ORGANIZING SECRETARY- To be announced
- ASSISTANT-Namina Bomposseh Kossay
- FINANCIAL SECRETARY -TO BE ANNOUNCED
- ASSISTANT-Isata Grey
- TREASURER – Abie Bangali Mansaray
- PRINCIPAL ADVISER -Ibrahim Sanfa Kamara
- DEPUTY PRINCIPAL ADVISER- Ahmed Kanu
- DEPUTY PRINCIPAL ADVISER -Patrick Ojong
- SENIOR ADVISERS -Finda Fillie-Faboe; Leslie Allen; Hassan Kamara; Haja Hurai ; Kabba Kamara ; Dr. Michael Sesay
DIASPORA AND ELECTIONS COORDINATOR BALOGUN KOROMA DANCING DURING THE CONVENTION BANQUET THAT FOLLOWED