Monday 27th January 2020
The All Peoples Congress (APC) is alarmed at the impunity with which wanton destruction of properties, arson and grievous bodily harm to citizens was perpetrated by known members of the governing Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) who laid siege to the entire Freetown Business District for several hours on Sunday 26th January 2020. During the siege, several of the SLPP’s well-known thugs including those going by nicknames ‘Ratty’, ‘Abravo’, ‘SLA’, etc. etc. were seen; as a fight which originated from right within the SLPP headquarters amongst SLPP thugs, spilled out into the streets of Freetown.
I left Freetown on Wednesday 8th January 2020 for Accra en route to London where I am now settled as a British citizen yet that part of me that is Sierra Leonean still feel muzzled and constrained that I have not been able to play a part in the unfolding saga that is the battle for supremacy at the APC Convention. For some reason, the same whole political landscape seemed hostile to me. As one of the APC Party's most prolific writer, I could not even visit our Party Office because of the moribund nature of the Party mouthpiece, the We Yone Newspaper.
This inability to align with colleagues at this level in the also holds some apprehension for me, considering that Cornelius Deveaux is on the run and Abubakarr Daramy is locked up in prison without bail for what looks like a trunked up charge of murder!
By Cornelius Oguntola Melvin Deveaux
Certainly, our party, the indomitable All Peoples Congress (APC) is dancing on the aisle of the enemy as factions glom on to opinions and positions at the detriment of the much anticipated hope of regaining power in 2023. Don't tell me I am the current National Publicity Secretary and a member of the current leadership (courtesy of the 1995 constitution); neither do I expect you to brand me otherwise as I lay bear the cacophony of the rhythms to which we continue to dance on the aisle of the enemy.
First of all, it is my honest and sincere opinion that the current leadership, likewise NRM, should equally be blamed for the disastrous setback and humiliation that struck the party over the weekend following the court injunction restricting the party from going on with the national delegates conference which was slated for January 10 -12, 2020, at the Great Bai Bureh Hall in Port Loko.
Chairpersons and Representatives from various Political Parties including SLPP, APC, NGC, PDP, C4C and PLP, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Monday 8th July 2019 engaged the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Sidie M. Tunis in Committee Room One at Parliament Building, Freetown.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss various issues ranging from Electoral Observation Report and Recommendations from both International and Local observers relative to the 2018 General Elections including the need for the reduction of nomination fees for electoral purposes.
Speaking on behalf of Political Parties, Mr. Bamidele Thompson, representing the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) highlighted the importance of the reduction of nomination fees for Political Parties during elections