By Alfred Koroma
Eleven political parties from the All Political Parties Association (APPA) have endorsed their support for President Bio to win a second term in office, assuring him there will be no run-off after June election.
APPA Chairman, Prince Coker confirmed the opposition parties’ position while making a statement on their behalf at the 13th National Delegates Conference of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) on Wednesday.
Coker said they as opposition parties declared support for the President because they recognized the gains he has made for the country in his four years governance, highlighting that in four years, the SLPP-led Government has been able to manage the economy well, despite the global crisis, transformed human capital development and improved infrastructure and energy in the country.
This is a message opposition parties sent me to tell you ‘that come 2023: there will be no run-off.’ Today we have made official pronouncements that we are with you and allow us to read your report card nationally and internationally, APPA Chairman said.
“Some of us have seen what you have done…we need to give you second term,” he stated. “Today, you have the support of 11 registered political parties.”
Let the world know that the opposition parties are with you. We need to give you second term, reiterated on behalf of the other political parties.
Prince Coker who also doubles as Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP Sobeh) further commended the President for introducing the PR system for the next election. He said the electoral system was first recommended by the people of Sierra Leone in the Peter Tucker Constitutional Review Committee report but got rejected by the previous government.
APPA is composed of 12 registered political parties, including the ruling SLPP whose National Chairman also serves as Deputy Chair of the association.
Also worthy of note at the SLPP’s delegate conference, was the presence of the Leader of C4C Party in Parliament, Hon. Emerson Lamina and Independent MPs: Hon. Quintin Salia Konneh and Hon. Musa Shiaka Sama. But Concord Times was unable to reach them.