June 14, 2021
By Alhaji Haruna Sani
Two proxy bodies in the All People’s Congress, All Reformation Movement (ARM) and the National Reformation Movement (NRM) have unanimously agreed to set up an interim executive that will proceed with conducting a delegate conference and adopt the party’s current draft constitution.
The ARM and NRM jointly issued a press statement on 11th June, in which they stated that the court’s ruling on 19th April, 2021, which gave directives to proceed with the conduct of the two activities and that such order must be respected so their party would be in position to contest subsequent elections.
The group said the court also ordered the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC)-which is the fourth defendant in the matter, to supervise the said activities.
The matter was brought to court by Alfred Peter Conteh against APC, PPRC, Ernest Bai Koroma and Others.
“After the said appeal to grant the defendant a stay of execution or a leave of appeal was rejected, members of the APC who are keen to see the party back to normalcy had been holding meetings and discussions with moral guarantors who also doubled as first generation members of the party to strike the balance of forming an interim body that will oversee the mandate given by the court for a specific period of 56 days,”the statement reads.
The release says several meetings were held with stakeholders of the party and a list containing names of elders’ council has been developed in the meetings.
The release says the elder’s council will be jointly overseeing the two activities with the PPRC, thus noting that letters have been sent to the commissioners of the PPRC and the Commissioner of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for further actions.
“A list of senior members of the party have been developed and will form part of the interim body and this body will be charged with the responsibility to call for a delegate conference to elect members that will adopt the party’s newly draft constitution,” the statement states
The faction group say the council of elders and stakeholders held several meetings before writing to the PPRC, stating that they were forming a broad-based interim executive to govern the affairs of the APC party as ordered by the High.
They noted that the ruling barred the current executive of the party from taking part in the two activities, thus noting that the court gave them a great opportunity to restructure their party ahead of 2022/2023 elections.
They stated that the party was taken to court not because of the character of those leading the party, but because of the constitutional violations of the provision set forth in our party’s 5th December 1995 constitution.
They maintained that the lawsuit is about the legality of the current executive, and if not addressed, it has the tendency of holding back the party.
They described themselves as true loving members of the party as they want to avoid another loss in the 2023 elections.
They said it has taken sixteen years since the party last had elections to elect its leaders across the country.
The proxy bodies explained that the grassroots people have been misled and infiltrated with lots of lies against some of them who sought redress in the court, but they want to let them know the fact that, the quest of changing the narratives of the party will serve in the best interest of all, and will create a level playing field for all concern.
“In conclusion, we want to let our grassroots people be rest assured that, we are going to change the narrative of “chosen fewism” and the new trend of sending thugs or “mammy cursers” against other comrades because they hold different views against the status quo. Our party philosophy was rooted on the ideals of socialism, and as socialist democrats, we will do everything in our powers to restore peaceful atmosphere in the everyday running of the party. The dawn of a new era is here”,