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Opposition parties close ranks

Opposition parties close ranks

The Consortium of Progressive Political Parties (COPPP) has on Monday 13th September 2021 signed a memorandum of understanding with its 13 registered political parties at the Brookfields hotel Freetown.

The signing of the memorandum came as a result of agreement made among the thirteen registered political parties who are members of the consortium as a way of upholding a united position geared towards holding the Government to adhering to the principles of good governance and the rule of law.

“We as a Consortium stand against anything that is unconstitutional and unlawful in our country; every member of this Consortium has tirelessly contributed in their own way to ensure our goal is achieved” said Amb Osman Foday Yansaneh, de facto Secretary General of the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) party.

The consortium started with three main objectives which included the de-politicisation of local council election, the mid-term census and the cybercrime bill.

Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh further said that “beyond these issues, we have gone far, and we are ready to use all available resources to oppose, reject and condemn bad governance and all violations of the Rule of Law and of the rights of citizens by the current Government of Sierra Leone and to eventually put an end to the suffering of the people of this country by using democratic and lawful means”.

“The Consortium is composed of individual opposition parties that have agreed to work together to defend and fortify democracy in Sierra Leone and to this end shall collaborate in joint peaceful actions whenever there is a perceived or definite threat to their democratic rights to represent their members or to function individually or collectively as political parties”, the MOU states.

In his statement, the Chairman and Leader of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) said that the Consortium have got professionals from different sectors of life who will be proffering solutions to certain national issues that arise. “The Consortium will serve as a think tank for solutions, and never the less we are members of the opposition political parties, we are ready to give our full support to anything good and positive innovations that this government put forward that is beneficial to the people of this country”.

The MOU further states that the Consortium shall actively pursue the unification of the people of Sierra Leone through robust public education initiatives and by challenging tribalism and sectionalism and promoting respect for diversity and national cohesion.

The ceremony was ended by the signing of the memorandum by representatives of the thirteen political parties of the Consortium which are APC, NGC, ADP, PLP, C4C, PDP, UP, NURP and so on.

By Emmanuel M. Kamara

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