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Sierra Leone News: Former President Ernest Koroma apologises to APC

Former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, has finally broken the silence since his All People’s Congress (APC) lost the Presidential and general elections held in March 2018. “As the Chairman and Leader of the Party, the buck stops at my desk. Therefore, I should be man enough to accept all the blame and apologise for all that the APC members are going through as a result of the election loss,” he said. “I am a human being and liable to mistakes. I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry. Yes, I have to accept the blame because I am the Leader. But you also have to remember where I took this Party from.” Yesterday, Friday 26 October 2018 at the APC office, the former President was responding to a report by a nine-man committee the Party appointed in May 2018 to conduct an in-depth investigation into the reasons for the Party’s defeat at the polls. In 2002, when the APC contested the election, they increased their Parliamentary seats from five in 1996 to 27. “In 2007, we did not only increase our Parliamentary seats from 27 to 59, but we also won State House. I was hailed as the best leader ever. We repeated the same again in 2012 and I received the same accolades.” During the 2012 election campaign, the APC used the phrase “Worlds Best” as a slogan. “Now that we lost the Presidential elections, people are calling me all sorts of names like ‘dictator surrounded by sycophants’, etc. If we had won, there would have been no need to form a nine-man committee. “I am appealing to all of you and every true loving APC members let bygones be bygones and for us to think of the bigger picture come 2023. I want to assure all of you that even if I am no longer the Chairman and Leader of this great APC party, I will always remain APC and will do everything in my reach to return this Party to power at the earliest possible time.” Former President Koroma said he is ready to move from district to district and even to the Diaspora to tender his apology and say he is sorry to all APC members. He called for togetherness and forgiveness for each other. “We must extend the hand of comradeship to all those aggrieved and I’m prepared to lead that effort,” he concluded with deafening applause from Party members, singing the APC Victory song. The former President called on members to forget about the many movements that are emerging within the APC party, which he described as distractions. During the meeting, Diana Konomanyi spoke on behalf of the Regional Chairs of the APC; former High Commissioner to the UK, Eddie Turay; former Mayor of Freetown, Franklyn Bode-Gibson; and Alimamy Petito Koroma all made statements. APC comrades around were quick to accept the apology from the former President and they said it is always err to forgive and because their chairman and leader has come out boldly to talk to them and apologise, there is all the reason for them to accept and chart the way forward for the party’s unity and determination to win back State House in 2023.

AT/27/10/18

By Austin Thomas

Monday October 29, 2018.

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