At Next Delegates’ Conference… APC To Elect Or Select Officials

By Ayodele Deen-Cole

The National Executive of the Youth League of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) and its corresponding APC Veterans Organization has recently been reportedly holding series of in-house meetings to decide which process they will be using to choose the next executive, ahead of the party’s National Delegates’ Conference, scheduled to take place in February next year.

Few days ago, the National Secretary General of the APC, Ambassador Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh issued a press release notifying party members of the forthcoming internal party elections which, according to him, will be done using the election/selection clause of the party’s 1995 Constitution.

However, a cross-section of party members known as the National Reformation Movement (NRM) have opposed the party executive for the using of such a controversial clause after it was vehemently opposed by a good number of party members.

Speaking to this press after the conclusion of one of such meetings, a senior member of the APC Youth League who is also a member of the party’s media team, Mohamed Pope Kamara said that for the forthcoming elections, the party is going to depend on its current 1995 Constitution as a guiding tool for the conduct of its elections.

He noted that under the 1995 Constitution, the party can either elect or select executive members to serve in several key positions within the party, adding that there is going to be elections in some areas and selections in other areas.

Mohamed Pope Kamara continued to explain that the party cannot, for now, use the new revised constitution, as according to him, it was not deliberated and approved by the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the party.

He continued that when the party wanted to sit on the said revised document, some members took legal actions against it which, he said, ended up stalling the entire process.

Pope Kamara further noted that the party cannot wait for them and that it has to use provisions of the current 1995 Constitution to carry out it  political activities.

Another senior member of APC Veterans’ Organisation, Sam Sesay also spoke on the same issue and supported the party’s decision on that.

Both organs of the party have promised to use the clause during the forthcoming delegates’ conference.