Andrew Kamara: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26th December 2023:
Alhaji Honourable Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay delivered a robust address yesterday 25th December, 2023, to members of the main opposition APC party who are currently advocating for the removal of the 2023 Leader and Presidential Candidate – Dr Samura Kamara, by invoking Article 47a(IV) of the APC 2022 constitution.
According to Article 47a(IV) of the APC 2022 constitution, if the National Leader fails to be elected President of Sierra Leone, they are obligated to relinquish the position six months after the final declaration of the election results by the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone.
However, Alhaji Honourable Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay (Photo) emphasized the necessity of understanding the context of this constitutional provision. He pointed out that the clause specifically pertains to instances where the National Leader loses an election.
In the case at hand Sesay said, the June 23rd 2023 multi-tier elections faced complications, marked by irregularities.
Consequently, a tripartite committee was established by the government, APC and the international community to investigate these electoral irregularities and propose comprehensive recommendations to address them.
He pleads to party members and supporters to accept that until such time that the outcome of the 2023 elections are resolved through the tripartite review, Dr Samura Kamara must remian the leader of the APC party.
Sesay argued that the emphasis should be on the ongoing investigations by the tripartite committee, aiming to ensure electoral integrity in Sierra Leone.
By underlining the complexities and irregularities surrounding the June elections, he is urging APC party members to recognize that the situation goes beyond a simple electoral loss.
The tripartite committee’s role, as he highlighted, is pivotal in addressing these irregularities and securing the party’s future.
In essence, Sesay cautioned against a premature interpretation of constitutional clauses, emphasizing the need to await the findings and recommendations of the ongoing investigations.
His stance is grounded on the broader objective of preserving the APC’s integrity and averting potential disruptions that could arise from hasty decisions. By advocating for patience and respect for due process, Alhaji Honourable Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay aims to steer the party towards a well-informed and measured approach at this critical period.
In a message recorded by himself, addressing the nation and the international community, Kemoh Sesay strongly deniew any involvement of the APC in the alleged plot to overthrow the government, allegations he believe is mired in government confusion and propaganda designed to destroy the APC.
You can listen to the audio recording below:
As a follow-up to the above audio recorded by Kemoh Sesay, and in response to the contentious discussions surrounding leadership transition within the APC, Alhaji Honourable Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay has offered further elucidation on Article 47a (iv) of the APC constitution during a follow-up to the above audio message recorded yesterday December 25, 2023.
The following exchange occurred today, December 26, 2023, with me, APC Sweden District Secretary General, Comrade Andrew Kamara, on this auspicious Boxing Day.
Kemoh Sesay speaks to APC Sweden District Secretary General Andrew Kamara – 26 Dec 2023: