March 29, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Hon. Bundu: is he on the brink of being replaced as Majority Leader?
Information reaching this medium has revealed that plans are underway by some ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) Members of Parliament to unseat Hon. Ibrahim Bundu as Majority Leader in the House of Parliament and replace him Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, representing Constituency 030 in the Bombali district.
But Hon. Ibrahim Bundu could not respond to the issue when contacted by Concord Times, stating that he was in a meeting although he promised to respond later.
“I saw your message regarding the situation but I am in a meeting and I cannot make any statement regarding the matter as at now,” he said.
Only recently, Hon. Bundu informed the House that he would be vying for the presidential flag bearer position in the ruling APC to replace President Ernest Bai Koroma come 2018.
A reliable source within the corridors of Parliament told Concord Times that: “What is happening in the House is very interesting. People are holding meetings from one place to another and MPs are in high gear to remove Hon. Bundu as Majority Leader.”
Hon. Bundu was first elected to Parliament during the 2002 Parliamentary elections, and has since been re-elected twice, in 2007 and 2012 by large margins. Bundu represents Constituency 51 in the Port Loko District.
He is a native of Gbinti, and a member of the Fula ethnic group. He is a close ally of President Ernest Bai Koroma.
Only recently, the APC National Advisory Council (NAC) removed him and Amb. Alimamy Philip Koroma aka ‘Petito’ as District Chairmen of Port Loko and Kambia districts respectively.
The decision came after the two political heavyweights pronounced their bid to contest for the flag-bearer position ahead of the 7th March, 2018 multitier elections.
In a press statement, APC National Secretary General Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh said the removal of the two senior members from their respective positions in the APC hierarchy was in line with the party’s 1995 Constitution, adding that the decision was reached after serious deliberations by NAC.
The release further noted that the decision was in compliance with rules and regulations of the party that all constituencies in a District should be under a District Chairman who has the responsibility to preside over all district meetings and organise elections and delegates for participation in all conventions, including the National Delegates’ Conference.
Meanwhile, APC parliamentarians have refused to comment on the issue, which would seemingly be a serious political decision especially ahead of crucial elections in 2018.
However, APC Deputy Publicity Secretary 1, who also doubles as Deputy Minister of Information, Cornelius Deveaux, Said he was not aware of the decision, stating that it was the responsibility of law makers to elect their leader in the House in consultation with the party.
“This is news to me but I cannot gauge the views of parliamentarians,” he said rather tersely.