Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, former President of the Republic of Sierra Leone(2007-2018), Chairman and Leader of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party, Friday, 26 October apologised to the rank and file of the party for the loss of the Presidential election.
“As the Chairman and Leader of the party, the buck stops at my desk. Therefore, I should be man enough to accept all the blames and apologise for all that the APC members are going through as a result of the election loss. I am a human being and liable to mistakes. I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart,” says EBK amidst thunderous applaud and standing ovation from the audience for accepting the blame and saying, “I’m sorry”.
President Koroma was responding to the report of the Nine-man Committee appointed in May this year to carryout an indepth investigations as to the reasons that led to the loss of 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 2006 to Twenty-seven, I was praised as the best Leader and Chairman. In 2007, we did not only increased our Parliamentary seats from 27 – 59, but we also won the State House, I was hailed as the best Leader ever. We repeated the same again in 2012 and I received the same accolades. Now that we lost the Presidential elections, people are calling me all sorts of names like “Dictator surrounded by sycophants” etc. If we had won, there was no need to form a Nine-man committee.
I am appealing to all of you and every true loving APC member for bygones to be bygones and for us to think of the bigger picture come 2023. I want to assure all of you that even if I am no longer the Chairman and Leader of this great APC party, I will always remain APC and will do everything in my reach to return this party to power at the earliest possible time.
I am ready to move from district to district and even to the Diaspora to tender my apologies and say I’m sorry to all APC members.
We have to come together and forgive each other.
We must extend the hand of comradeship to all those aggrieved and I’m prepared to lead that effort”, EBK concluded with deafening applaud and singing of the APC Victory.
He called on all to forget about the so many Movements that are emerging which he said are all forms of distractions.
Earlier, there were speeches from Comrades Madam Diana Konomanyi who spoke on behalf of the Regional Chairmen, Eddie Turay, Franklyn Bode-Gibson and Ambassador Alimamy Petito Koroma spoke on behalf of the former Aspirants.
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