By Ishmael Dumbuya
Leaders and senior party members of nine (9) political parties, which are part of the Consortium of Progressive Political Parties (CoPP), are poise to declare their support for the All Peoples Congress (APC) presidential contender, Dr. Samura Kamara and running mate, Hon. Chernor Maju Bah.
The 9 political parties are part of the 13 registered political parties that sailed through nomination and considered fit to run for the presidential race come June 24.
Political parties that are due to throw their support for the APC are the Alliance Democratic Party, (ADP) Coalition for Change,(C4C), Citizen’s Democratic Party(CDP), NPD, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Peoples Liberation Party(PLP), People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) and the Unity Party.
The Consortium commits itself to the principle of harmonious co-existence and to resolve all inter-party conflicts and disagreements away from the glare of media and public scrutiny. In cases of intra-party conflicts, the Consortium resolves to intervene and mediate as best as possible to ensure that every constituent party is sufficiently stable to contribute meaningfully to the Consortium.
The Consortium of Progressive Political Parties 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.
Being a union of opposition parties, the Consortium will be steadfast in its role as watchdogs and critics of the Government and shall consistently criticize and condemn Government and its related agencies, expose public officials for all actions and policies that are against the interests of the struggling people of this country.