APC Asia Branch Chairman off for President Koroma’s inauguration
In show of the Branch’s total commitment to the ideals, values and principles of the All People’s Congress party, the Chairman of the Asia Branch of the governing All People’s Carty, Comrade Turay Lamin has today, 20th February, departed China, for Sierra Leone to witness the inaugural ceremony of President Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and also Chairman and Leader of the APC.
Speaking prior to his departure, the Chairman told party members during a meeting held in Beijing, that they should remain focused and committed to the core values of the party that bind the membership together and that challenges are meant to come “but how we handle such challenges and overcome them is what makes us the type of people we should be. The interest of the party supersedes our personal interests” He said, it was good, that the general membership came together and supported the idea for him to go and witness the inauguration of “our great Leader and Chairman of the party, who is also President of our country” He said, the visit to Sierra Leone will also be used by him to officially present congratulatory messages of the Branch’s membership to the newly appointed Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Victor Bockarie Foh, whom he referred to as “not only committed to promoting the party’s core values and principles, but one that would do all in his powers to see a united front in the party, both at home and abroad”
Speaking upfront, the Chairman said, “Our victory at the 2012 elections came as a result of the total support we had from over 58% of Sierra Leoneans. This indicates, the expectation of people are now high…”, whilst assuring that with the reelection of President Koroma and the APC party, Sierra Leone will one day reach the level it is trying to arrive at, in terms of development. According to Chairman Turay, what President Koroma achieved in five years was so great that “we are sure he will do more in his second term, as we see what is contained in the Agenda for Prosperity”
Secretary-General for the Branch, Comrade Hamza Bangura wished the Chairman safe trip, whilst assuring him, that the entire membership is with him in spirit. He also sounded words of caution to all, to always remained commited to the party, “notwithstanding the challenges that are bound to come” He said, the Brach has come a long way, taking into account how it started over a year ago, the support we got from the national level in the launching as “we saw the arrival of Comrade Foh and Comrade Logus Koroma… we have been making progress and we should continue with this…”
The APCAB was on the 29th of September 2011 accorded an official recognition by the National Advisory Council of the APC. The formation of the Branch came out of the need and aspiration to strengthen the party by creating its presence in Asia and contributing towards fostering Sierra Leone’s multiparty dispensation. It was on Sunday 18th December 2011, that Comrade Victor Bockarie Foh, National Secretary-General for the party, together with Comrade Logus Koroma officially launched the party in Beijing. It was at the launch of the party in Beijing, that Comrade Victor Foh predicted a victory of 75 parliamentary seats.
Comrade Chairman Turay is expected back in Beijing in the coming weeks.
Osman Charleston Conteh – PRO APCAB
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