Regional & tribal politics may undermine APC!
A political observer has cautioned the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) party to refrain from the practice of regional and tribal politics, if the chances of the party coming back to power are to be realized.
Dr Osman Kamara, based in Australia, opined that by all indicators, the SLPP Government has created enough undercurrents that the APC can capitalize on in the forthcoming polls in 2023, but noted that all would be in vain if certain elements in the APC continue with the political intrigue of elbowing rightful and resourceful members of the party on account of not being northerners.
Back home, many grass roots members of the party have also raised unreserved concerns about the adverse effects of trending tribal and regional politics rearing its ugly head in the body polity of the party.
“I am a northerner and a Temne, but I hate the idea of one tribe or region dominating the leadership of our party”, said Aruna Conteh, a party activist.
Conteh noted that from his knowledge of party politics in the country, no one region or tribe can win elections, hence, he said, political parties have a national identity. “Why then, should one tribe or region assume superiority at the detriment of others”, he questioned.
He quickly cited the current snares by senior members of the party to manipulate the holding of a fair and credible court ordered emergency National Delegates Conference in the northern regional headquarter town of Makeni this weekend to adopt the draft 1995 constitution and bring onboard erstwhile members of the party, some of whom had already been accepted by the National Advisory Committee (NAC), the second highest decision-making body.
Conteh accused the Secretary General and his cabal of conspirators of doing everything at their disposal to prevent the former Vice President, Chief Alhajji Sam Sumana, from being endorsed at the convention so as to keep him out of the ring of aspiring flag bearers for 2023.
“Indeed, this is going to lend a devastating blow to the success of the party”, Conteh opined, adding that the former VP did not leave the party at his volition, but was ganged against and removed in the most unfair manner, characteristic of African politics.
Besides, he added, politics is a game of numbers, and that only a vicious politician who does not worth his salt or mean well for his party will frown at people wanting to join the party even from hell.
He however expressed optimism in the integrity of the Leader and Chairman of the party, ex-President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, who he said has undoubtedly demonstrated his determination to unite the party and usher a democratic constitution before bowing out of the political stage.
“After making Sierra Leoneans proud the world over, I strongly believe that he will not renege on his pronouncement to ensure fair play and unity in his back yard”, Conteh opined.
Meanwhile, as the Secretariat and a cross section of the 21-man committee set up by the Court Order of 9th August 2021 to conduct the emergency National Delegates Convention and adopt the draft constitution are confident that the process had been smoothly conducted, a red flag has been raised from certain quarters deeply dissatisfied with the process, which resulted in elections held in only 125 of the 132 constituencies contrary to the court order.
By Abdul Kuyateh
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