Ernest Names Successor Sunday


With widespread rumours of the Chairman and Leader of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) selecting his flagbearer successor, the fact remains that the party’s 2018 presidential candidate will reportedly be announced on Sunday 15th October at the Ernest Bai Koroma Hall in the northern city of Makeni.

According to report, twenty-one stalwarts in the APC have declared to lead the party into the 7th March, 2018 national elections as presidential candidate. The competition is reported to be very intense and its reality is not lost on the National Chairman and Leader.

In order to serve as a neutral moderator cooling down passions and warding off confrontations between the flagbearer aspirants, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is reported to have held three consultative dinner meetings with all the aspirants at the Presidential Lodge at Hill Station, Freetown, including the one on Tuesday 10th October, to get the views of the aspirants and to reinforce his authority as National Chairman and Leader of the APC.

In his latest meeting with the aspirants, according to insiders, President Koroma impressed on them that the party was bigger than any individual and that the interest of the party should be more paramount in their minds than their personal ambition to lead the party.

Gauging the anxiety that filled the minds of the aspirants, the President reportedly told them that the long awaited announcement of who his successor would be for the 2018 national elections would be pronounced this coming Sunday, adding that the result would not favor all of them but only one aspirant who, he said, the party would deem popular and charismatic with a national appeal that could easily help the party to win the national elections next March. President Koroma was also quoted as saying that the eventual presidential candidate would be someone that would continue to unite the party and steadily move it forward.

With all of the aspirants reportedly satisfying the criteria of being fully paid up members with institutional knowledge of the party, President Koroma told them that all the aspirants and party stalwarts have more on their table to ensure the party retains power in March 2018, adding that whatever the result on Sunday, everybody must embrace it in the interest of the party.

All of the aspirants, the President said, are capable of being leaders but should know that power comes from God, noting that all of them have their ambitions, desires and focuses but should know that not everything one aspires for can be achieved in life and that the will of God has to be accepted.

Meanwhile, the APC National Secretary General, Alhaji Dr. Osman Foday Yansaneh has warned that if the party did not manage well the transition of power from President Koroma to another person, it could create dangerous fallout. He however assured that the party was hard at work to ensure that all outstanding issues were resolved before the convention on the 14th and 15th on the theme: “United for Victory and Continuity.” About 1, 500 delegates from the country’s 132 constituencies and branches in Europe, America, Asia, Guinea, Liberia and Gambia will take part in the convention, the APC scribe said.