President Koroma acceptsPetito’s resignation
March 2, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
President Ernest Bai Koroma has accepted the resignation of Hon. Alimamy P. Koroma as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.
According to a press release from State House, Hon. Koroma’s resignation was necessitated by the constitutional implications regarding his desire and plan to run for the presidency in the forthcoming presidential election slated for March 7, 2018.
As the current Chairman of the ruling All Peoples Congress party in the Kambia District, one of the electoral strongholds of the party, Petito has a wealth of administrative and political experience, having served as Minister in the Ministries of Trade and Industry and Works, Housing, and Infrastructure.
His resignation is the second of what many political pundits and ordinary Sierra Leoneans predicted to be a long list of withdrawals from the Koroma’s led administration, which just has a year left to complete his second and final term in office as president.
More than 21 prominent individuals within the ruling APC have shown interest to run for the standard bearer position of the party with many party loyalists and supporters tipping Hon. Koroma as the likely choice to succeed the President at State House come March, 2018.
He was a Member of Parliament following his election during the 2007 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, where he served briefly and got appointed as Minister.
Hon. Koroma was born into a fervent Islamic family; but later converted to Christianity – rising up to become the executive head of the umbrella organisation of Christians in Sierra Leone, the Council of Churches of Sierra Leone (CCSL).
As head of the CCSL, Hon. Koroma played a key role in the formation of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone, a body which brought Muslims and Christians together in one organisation in 1997, at the height of the Civil War in the country.
The Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone brokered the Lomé Peace Accord in 1999, leading to efforts that brought an end to Sierra Leone’s Civil War.