Dr. Samura Kamara and a host of All People’s Congress top guns have paid a courtesy visit to president-elect, Julius Maada Bio, Saturday morning.
In good spirit the defeated candidate congratulated his Church mate and contender in the presidential election and wished him well in running the affairs of the country.
Dr. Kamara’s visit came as a surprise to many people as his earlier televised statement of contesting the polls’ outcome in court many think would mean that he does not recognise the presidency of Julius Maada Bio.
His statement implies that Dr. Samura Kamara as a person is different from the flag bearer of the All People’s Congress party. In his visiting entourage were the newly elected Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, APC Secretary General, Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh, presidential running mate, to Dr. Samura Kamara, Chernor Ramadan Maju Bah and host of others.
The APC led team pleaded with President Bio not to chase out their supporters from office as it has been rumored widely that the new dispensation is bent on a changing spree against office worker who are members of the All People’s Congress. Dr. Samura himself committed himself to working with President Bio and lauded the open spirit he sensed from the new leader of Sierra Leone.
President Bio reiterated that he has no such plans of chasing people from their work places, saying he is now Sierra Leone’s president and not president of the SLPP, or APC. Bio said his open door policy would thrive upon the principles of hard-work, commitments and sincerity of purpose as he encourage all to work with him to transform Sierra Leone from the current abyss. The atmosphere was fun with spirited exchanges and assurance messages.
Memuna Forna UPDATE FROM YVONNE AKI-SAWYERR
I was a member of the APC delegation that has just concluded a successful meeting with His Excellency, President Julius Maada Bio and members of his team. The purpose of the meeting was to raise concerns about the post-election violence that has been experienced by APC supporters around the country (including attacks on traders in Freetown), and to jointly agree on solutions and a way forward. I am pleased to report that the meeting was very constructive and that both parties are committed to taking immediate and practical steps to bring a swift end to the violence. The meeting was also a great opportunity to chat briefly about collaboration and I am confident that as the Mayor of Freetown, I will have the full support of the new government as we work with all Freetonians to transform our city. I am looking forward to being sworn in so that we can start work!
Dr Samura Kamara Congratulates President Julius Maada Bio
By: State House Communications Unit
The Presidential Candidate for the main opposition party, All People’s Congress (APC), Dr Samura Kamara has congratulated His Excellency Brigadier (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio on his presidential victory. Dr Kamara made this gesture today during a visit to the President’s Juba Hill residence.
« Let me use this opportunity to formally congratulate you on your victory and wish you well during your tenure as President, » he said. The APC Presidential Candidate said that the essence of the visit was to share ideas geared towards moving a united nation forward stating that as a party they are determined to support the administration of His Excellency President Bio.
Responding to various statements, His Excellency President Bio thanked Dr Samura Kamara and his delegation for the visit. He said that he is expecting such engagements with the opposition throughout his tenure as President.
« I cannot do it alone. I need the corporation of everyone so that we can move this nation forward. I call on everyone to come onboard so that we can collectively develop our country, » he said.
President Bio also used the opportunity to condemn the spate of violence across the country. He said no one should assault another person because of politics stating that politics in itself is over and the focus should now be on development. He ended by calling on the security forces to step up and bring all perpetrators of violence to book.
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