Charles Margai, Sam Sumana Form Coalition
October 31, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai
Ahead of presidential and general elections slated for 7th March 2018, opposition political parties have started to form coalitions in a bid oust the dominance of the two major political parties – the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party and the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP.
Three of such parties – People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Coalition for Change (C4C) and National Unity and Reconciliation Party (NURP) – have on Sunday, 29th October, 2017 signed a communique in Accra, Ghana, agreeing to work together.
The PMDC was founded by Charles Francis Margai, who was also their presidential candidate for the 2007 and 2012 elections. The C4C is rumoured to have been formed by former Vice President Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana.
According to the communique, which was signed by the Chairman and Leader of PMDC, Charles Francis Margai; Dr. Jonathan P.J. Sandy of NURP and Kevin Metzger of C4C UK, the coalition members said they have agreed to combine their collective strengths, common vision, core values and principles through their political parties/organisations in building an electoral process with a view to contesting the forthcoming presidential, parliamentary and local government elections in Sierra Leone within a Grand Alliance.
“In furtherance of the above, a Joint Secretariat will be created, comprising all parties in the Alliance. The Joint Secretariat will establish the formal framework under which we shall work together in accordance with the laws in Sierra Leone,” they said in the communique.
Meanwhile, political analysts are of the view only a solid coalition of smaller opposition parties could upend the dominance of the two major political parties -APC and SLPP – that have between them ruled the country since independence.