September 22, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura
As the race to succeed President Ernest Bai Koroma intensifies, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, has said he has ‘all what it takes to lead the All Peoples Congress (APC) party to victory in the 2018 presidential election.
JFK, as his adoring supporters call him, was speaking yesterday at the party’s national headquarters in Freetown after he officially presented a letter of declaration of intent to become the next standard bearer of the ruling party.
According to him, he has been a member of the APC since 1977 at age 11, when President Koroma was vying for Member of Parliament in Bombali district, adding that he served as party agent in the 1980s.
In his letter of declaration of intent, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice stated that his intention to vie for the position of standard bearer was borne out of his strong desire and willingness to build and promote the illustrious legacies and ideals of the APC.
He told a jubilant crowd at the APC office that he was humbled to formally declare his intention and offer himself for consideration as presidential candidate for the party in the March 7 2018 presidential elections.
JFK added that he has been privileged to served Sierra Leone and the APC-led government under the leadership of President Koroma as deputy prosecutor at the Special Court of Sierra Leone, commissioner at the Anti-Corruption Commission and now Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
“I have had the benefit of working for the party and government. All these positions I held were served with loyalty, professionalism and sincerity,” he said.
He further stated that he had no doubt to accede to the height of representing the party as its presidential candidate.
The Attorney-General opined that 2018 presents an opportunity to build on the irrefutable legacy of development that President Koroma and the party have achieved in governance, adding that he craves to meet that aspiration as has the requirement for effective leadership, innovative thinking, dynamic energy, collaboration and integrity which he represents.
He said he was committed to working tirelessly and to honour the trust and long cherished ideals and values of the APC party, adding that he has volunteered and submitted his candidacy for consideration as the APC presidential candidate in 2018 election.
The legal practitioner-cum-politician said he was ready to support anybody that the party deems fit to succeed President Koroma.
Meanwhile, National Secretary General of the APC, Osman Foday Yasanneh, said the party had received declaration letters from other aspirants, adding that the hierarchy would look at each candidate and choose the best during their forthcoming convention in October.