SLPPNA Chairman Extends Olive Branch

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Newly elected Regional Chairman of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party North America (SLPPNA) branch has called on his members to support progressive moves in the party, as he said his administration will have an open door policy in encouraging ideas, suggestions, and criticisms regardless of whether or not certain members voted for him or his opponent.

Mr Mohamed Bah made this statement as part of his ‘Thank You’ message upon his election as head of the SLPPNA Branch on Saturday 13th April 2019, which was held at the Dee’s Royal Palace Banquet & Event Center in Houston, Texas, United States of America (USA), where he added that “in the end, we’re all SLPP “through and through” as our party’s motto joyfully proclaims: “One Country, One People; One People, One Country.”

In addition, the SLPPNA Chairman said that he was inviting all SLPPNA members to join him in making his mission a reality. This mission comprises building a strong relationship between SLPP supporters in the US and those in Sierra Leone, making decisive decision for the party on behalf of the membership in the US, inclusion of everyone devoid of tribal and regional lines, building capacity to recruit more members into the party so that it could be strengthen prior to the next general elections. He said, this is his ultimate goal of ensuring victory in the next general elections in Sierra Leone, adding that he wants to assure their members that his administration will do due diligence to deliver on its promises to the electorates.

Further delving into his landmark election as the first Sierra Leonean nontraditional Chairman of a political party branch in the Diaspora, Mr Bah said: “My election to the highest posts in the 5th region of our party shows how inclusive the SLPP really is!,” affirming by saying that: “Which other political party in the Diaspora would have elected a nontraditional candidate to its highest office; except of course the SLPP!”

As a result, Mr Bah delved into the robust activism of his father to restore the dignity of his native Fullah tribe in the political helm of Sierra Leone during the 1960s. He said: “My father, Alhaji Momodu Alpha Bah, was among five Fullah Tribal Leaders who petitioned the Government of Sierra Leone after Independence in 1962 to allow Fullah’s to participate in the electoral process in Sierra Leone,” furthering that today, he is a living proof that the wisdom of the SLPP founding fathers was progressive and result oriented.

Consequently, Mr Bah thanked His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio for his leadership and for his efforts in ensuring the SLPP returns to governance in April 2018, exactly over ten (10) years since losing to the APC Party. He also thanked senior party officials including the Chairman and Leader Dr. Prince Alex Harding, and the SLPP National Secretary General Umaru Napoleon Koroma who himself was present at the inauguration. He also thanked the Leader of Government Business at the Sierra Leone House of Parliament Hon. Sidi Tunis who was Guest of Honour at the Inauguration and also all the top government and party officials present at his inauguration.

That notwithstanding, Mr. Bah further thanked all officials absence but took precious time to call and congratulate him. He said “Truly you can proudly say the SLPP is a “Big Tent and Big Idea Party.”

In addition, Mr Bah issued a special thanks to the United States embassies in Freetown and Liberia for their prompt response in issuing visas to party dignities  thus allowing them attend his inauguration in Texas, USA.  Also, he said: “Thank you also to all the European country who allowed our invited guests to attend the inauguration.”

Mr Bah ended by pledging that his administration will continue to promote the SLPPNA in that region, “while committing to lend full support for the President’s New Direction Agenda.

Meanwhile, other dignitaries who made statements at the inauguration ceremony were Umaru Napoleon Koroma, National Secretary General SLPP; Honorable Side Tunis, Head of Government Business and Majority Leader for SLPP at the Sierra Leone House of Parliament; Ambassador Sidiki Abubakar Wai, Sierra Leone Ambassador to the United States of America and Dr. Francis Kaikai Sierra Leone Minister of Planning and Economic Development.

The inauguration ceremony ended with a dance and a lot of food was served.

Story by Abdul Malik Bangura.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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