Ernest Apologises To APC

 

The Former President and Chairman and Leader of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma last Friday, 26th October, 2018 visited the party’s headquarters on Railway Line, Brookfields, Freetown to, among other things, apologize to the rank and file of the party for the defeat in the last 2018  Presidential election.

As the Chairman and Leader of the party, he said, the buck stops at his desk which was why, he confessed, “I should be man enough to accept all the blames and apologise for all that APC members are going through as a result of the election loss.” He further confessed, “I am a human being and liable to mistakes,” adding, “I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart.” The former President made these apologies amidst thunderous applauds and standing ovation from the audience.

The apology of Ex-President Koroma comes following the report of the Nine-man Committee appointed by the party in May this year to carry out an in-depth investigation into the causes of the party’s defeat in the presidential elections in March this year.

“Yes, I have to accept the blame because I am the Leader. But you also have to remember where I took this party from. In 2002 when we contested the election and increased our Parliamentary seats from five in 1996 to Twenty –seven, I was praised as the best leader and Chairman. In 2007, we did not only increase our parliamentary seats from 27 to 59, but we also won the State House and I was hailed as the best Leader ever. We repeated the same again in 2012 and I received the same accolades,” he said, adding that now that the party lost the presidential elections, he has been called all sorts of names like ‘Dictator’ surrounded by sycophants, among others. “If the party had won, there would have been no need to form a Nine-man committee,” he added.

Former President Koroma further appealed to every true loving APC member for bygones to be bygones and for all of them to think of the bigger picture come 2023 and assured all of them that even if he ceases to be the Chairman and Leader of the APC and he would do everything within his purview to return the party to power.

He further assured his audience that he is ready to traverse the length and breadth of the country and the Diaspora to register his sincere apologies to all APC members.

“We must extend the hand of comradeship to all those aggrieved and I’m prepared to lead that effort,” former President Koroma concluded amidst thunderous applauds and the party’s ‘Victory’ song.

Earlier, party stalwarts took turns in making statements, including former Lands Minister, Madam Diana Konomanyi who spoke on behalf of the Regional Chairman, Amb. Eddie Turay, former Mayor, Franklyn Bode-Gibson and Amb. Alimamy Petito Koroma who spoke on behalf of former flagbearer aspirants.