Concord Times (Freetown)

21 September 2012

Sierra Leone: APC Concludes Council Nominations in Port Loko

Port Loko — The All People's Congress (APC) has concluded the nomination process for 34 would-be councilors and chairman of the Port Loko District Council.

The deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Abdul Ignosi Koroma - who supervised the process - said the APC is a family party and that those who had gone through the nomination formalities are likely to be the next councilors and chairman of the Port Loko District Council. He said the success of the APC in the November 17 polls starts with Port Loko District and therefore the nominated members should play a leading role in ensuring the party's success at the polls.

According to Mr. Koroma, the 'Agenda for Change' of President Ernest Bai Koroma has been accomplished during the APC government's five years in office and that attention - after the November 17 elections - will be shifted towards achieving the 'Agenda for Prosperity'. He said the role of the council is to transform the district and bring about development at ward level.

"The platform of change has taken place in Port Loko," said the deputy minister and called on the nominated councilors to encourage the losers to come back to the party and help in returning President Koroma to State House.

Hon. Alhaji Buya Kamara, Port Loko District Chairman of the APC, urged all party supporters to bury their differences in the interest of party unity. He assured all and sundry that the upcoming council will be the best as proper monitoring mechanisms will be put in place at ward level. He appealed to the would-be councilors that it is their responsibility to campaign for the president to ensure he wins the presidential race.

However, among the 34 councilors of the Port Loko District Council, only 15 succeeded in retaining their symbols. One of the successful candidates, Paul I. Kamara of Ward 174, said the APC did a remarkable job by organizing the primaries as a show of transparency in people choosing who should represent them in the council.

He assured the party executive that he'll ensure development reaches Ward 174.

Candidate for Ward 172, Papah Koroma aka 'Papilolo' of Lunsar town, said the APC is a transparent political party that encourages young politicians to practice politics. He called on all the candidates to embrace their brothers in the other political parties so that they too can contribute to the development of the district.

Assistant Inspector General of Police for North-West, Foday Dabor, said the SLP is a force for good and warned all party supporters to refrain from violence and uphold the peace currently being enjoyed in the country.

He said the SLP will provide all necessary support for the elections to be held in a peaceful atmosphere.

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