Opposition may present one Presidential candidate in Sierra Leone
Under the umbrella name of Consortium of Progressive Political Parties (COPP), eleven opposition political parties have not ruled out the possibility of presenting one presidential candidate in the 2023 presidential contest.
Speaking on behalf of the Consortium, the Chairman and Leader of the National Grand Coalition, Dr. Denis Bright, said there was so much common ground on issues for which alliances would play an important role to address.
“As of now, we can’t know the configuration of such alliances, but let me assure you that no one political party can win elections in this country”, the NGC strongman told the press. He added that the consortium was established to defend democracy. “We have come together because we want to defend democracy in Sierra Leone. We can’t sit down and allow the Government to violate the constitution”, he said
Buttressing the remarks made by Dr. Bright, the National Chairperson of the Consortium and Leader of the Unity Party, Madam Femi Claudius-Cole, reiterated the need for a common front to fight the common enemy of democracy.
Ambassador Foday Osman Yansanneh , Secretary General of the main opposition All Peoples Congress Party, noted that “the Consortium is formed mainly as a result of persistent strive of the Bio-led administration to kill democracy that lives have been sacrificed for, and as a nation, we have struggled to maintain over the past years. He added that his party being part of the consortium had called on the Government severally to address “certain undemocratic issues of concern” in vain.
Particularly, the opposition parties raised concerns about three topical issues including the mid-term census, the local government policy and the cybercrime bill, which they believe have the tendency to undermine democratic tenets.
The eleven members of the consortium include the APC, NGC, UP, C4C, PMDC, UDM, ADP, PMDC, PDP and two others.
By Emmanuel M. Kamara & Evalyn HH Cole
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