APC aspirant talks big
Former Vice President and heavy-weight presidential aspirant of the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC), Chief Alhaji Sidique Sam Sumana, has said that his political ambition and passion go beyond partisan politics.
“The bigger picture is Sierra Leone and the alleviation of poverty suffered unduly by the people” he told Sierra Express Media in an exclusive interview.
The former Vice President said the country is endowed with riches and potential human resources that require a focused and committed leadership for effective and conscious management in the interest of the people.
“My mission is to salvage my people from the doldrums of mismanagement and human indignity”, he said, noting that he would be “the servant leader and not the served leader”.
He warned against calumny and hatred among members of his party, saying that party members should see themselves as brothers and sisters of the same family, with a common goal to take power by democratic means and govern the people with respect and dignity.
“We should be our brother’s keeper and refrain from the politics of malice and self-destruction”, he said, adding that “the downfall of one is the downfall all.”
He spited regional and tribal sentiments as the chronic disease that has eaten up the fabric of peace and unity in the country, and vowed to reverse the ugly trend, once given the opportunity to serve.
“We should see ourselves as Sierra Leoneans and not as easterners, southerners or northerners because Sierra Leone belongs to us equally”, he emphasised.
The former VP is a leading presidential aspirant for the APC, where he said he was born and would die. He commended the leadership for holding the party together in trying times and called on the grassroots membership not to relent in providing the required crucial support the party needs to achieve victory.
By Abdul Kuyateh
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