SLPP Gov’t Frustrated by EBK’s Endless Popularity
The Julius Maada Bio led Sierra Leone Peoples Party [SLPP] Government is seriously frustrated over the endless popularity of former President Ernest Bai Koroma (EBK).
The SLPP Government and supporters campaign of calumny against the Leader and Chairman of the main opposition, All Peoples Congress has absolutely failed because, former President Koroma is not only a developmentally oriented person but he also protected his integrity and clean human rights records throughout his tenure of office.
Several media publicity have been made by members of the ruling party, calling for former President Koroma to resign as Chairman and Leader of the APC instead of allowing the party executive to take independent decision.
The SLPP Government worried that EBK may resurface again as the next flagbearer of the APC but Koroma has made it clearly that he has no intention to contest presidential race any longer. Prior to the last year’s Presidential election which removed the APC from power, President Koroma proclaimed that he was waiting to hand over power to the winner and would not add a single day after his term of office would have expired, a promised he fulfilled by handing over power peacefully to his successor.
Supporters of the APC across the country strongly believe that former President Koroma is still important to serve the party to next the general elections for his skill to unite and bring people together. APC supporters are of the view that EBK is a true leader and his presence will facilitate the party’s victory for the fact that his popularity will increase the blessing of the party locally and internationally.
Although the administration of EBK has been termed by the current Government as corrupt and unaccountable to citizens but people still believe in him for the fact that he was able to transform Sierra Leone which was considered as the darkest and poorest nation in the sub-Saharan Africa. Citizens are proud of him because he changes the country’s negative story to positivity. Even though the APC has been termed as a corrupt administration but the lasting legacy it created across the country motivated citizens to hold the part into higher esteem than any other political party in the land. Citizens wanted to see the New Direction Government to create its own legacies so that they would always be remembered.
EBK still commanding voices of commoners as a result of his philanthropic and humanitarian approach.
In that regard, supporters of the APC has the conviction that it would be good and beneficial for the SLPP Government to concentrate on their governance business and allow the APC to run it affairs independently as a formidable political party in the country
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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