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APC-USA Delegate Conference in Texas

31 March 2016 at 02:34 | 1118 views


By Sanpha Sesay, Dallas, Texas.

A one day delegate conference in preparation for the forth-coming convention of the APC-USA branch ended in Dallas, Texas recently with several recommendations outlined.

The conference, initiated by the current interim administration in the USA, was to explore ideas and re-invigorate the 5th branch of the All People’s Congress (APC) party in the USA.

Guests flew in from all across the country and descended on the superb Regency Hotel in Dallas to discuss the warps and woofs of political enterprise of the ruling APC party and its branch in the United States.

The conference was extremely well publicized and with the help of social media, there was a buzz of excitement about the conference which comprised of a wide range of diverse opinions. Almost every ethnicity in Sierra Leone was represented at the delegate conference. It was the first time a delegate conference was held prior to a convention for elections to be conducted.

Taking the oath of office.

Party members participated in the shaping of the APC-USA policy throughout the day by feeding ideas and recommendations to the Secretariat of the APC Headquarters in Freetown.

The branch chapter leaders demonstrated their ability for leadership and showed their great industry at work and eloquence in their presentations. They were instinctively focused on social issues of peace, unity and love. The delegates were able to pair their quantitative ethics-oriented approach with APC party policies.

Time for handshakes.

In the deliberations,conference delegates were given the chance to decide on competing leadership bids as three prominent members, Mr. Unisa Kanu of Atlanta Georgia, Mr. Ahmed Kanu of Columbus Ohio and Mr. Joseph B. Kamara of Washington metropolitan, all declared their intention to run for the APC-USA Chairmanship.

The three aspirants had been launching campaigns since November 2013 when an interim administration was installed in Washington by a high powered delegation from the headquarters in Freetown.

Mr. and Mrs Sanpha Sesay in Dallas, Texas.

The conference kicked off with opening remarks by the interim Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim S. Kamara of the Washington, District Columbia chapter after the two national anthems of Sierra Leone and the United States were sung.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Kamara informed delegates that the conference was a path to a successful convention. The convention was highly expected to be held in April, but surprisingly, it was during the deliberations that the news was brought forth by the Chairman that the intended convention has been postponed by the party Secretary, Ambassador Osaman Yansaneh, to the second week of June.

Some of the delegates became disoriented as a result o fthe postponement announcement, but Chairman Kamara in his fortitude apologized to the delegates and promised that the June schedule, despite no clear date, will be final for the convention.

The Chairman described the delegate conference and the forthcoming convention as plenary meetings under the APC-USA branch, saying that it is a key administrative stage in the ongoing campaign to unify the party and a lesson to be learned by all branches.

Kamara advised delegates to be steadfast and compliant with the core values of the party so that the branch continues to achieve sustainable peace and unity.

"A return to bigotry and anarchy within the branch membership has no more accommodation in the APC-USA branch," he said.

Many delegates were impressed over the president, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma’s decision to reshuffle his cabinet. The interim Chairman commended the president for greatly increasing the visibility and inclusion of Diasporans in the government. President Koroma is a leader in our midst who is endowed with relentless courage, vision, ability and profound faith in humanity, some delegates commented.

A report on the delegate conference will be published by the interim administration in a communiqué that will comprise several recommendations. It was agreed that the recommendations that are expected to be in the communiqué are that members should have a position in the party National Advisory Committee ( NAC) so that the branch will be represented in any party actions and discipline. It was also agreed that the APC-USA convention should be rotational, state by state, starting this one in June.

Some delegates made the observation that the branch has diverse and dynamic speakers deliberating on issues and this conference has provided an in-depth insight, as well as actionable and practical tools of engagement models. However, in order to foster the appropriate level of participation in the forthcoming convention, we would like to ensure that a date and venue for the convention should be announced by the interim as soon as possible so that a full participation of members from all across the states will be emerge.

In another engagement, the Executive of the APC Dallas chapter took an oath of office before the interim Deputy Chairman, Mr. Abu Bakar Kanu from Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Sheik Daboh was sworn in for the second time as president of the Dallas chapter.

When Mr. Kanu was administering the oath of office, he asked Sheik Daboh and his executive to raise their right hands, a symbolic gesture to represent every religion or faith. Sheik Daboh will start his tenure for the second time on March 19 after his swearing-in as the 5th president of the APC Dallas chapter.

APC Dallas was established in 2002 by Honourable Mr. Sheku Tejan Koroma. The chapter became more visible and dynamic during the tenure of Ms. Nanette Thomas who was recently appointed as Sierra Leone’s Minister of Public and Political Affairs. Ms. Thomas, is well known as the Iron Lady of APC worldwide, and was fairly represented by Mr. Sheik Daboh at the delegate conference.

Other presidents who served the chapter diligently and had made it pulsate with vigor and energy are Mr. Mambu Koroma and Mr. Cornelius Macarthy. APC Dallas continues to achieve success based on its past leaders and its collaborative efforts to compete with the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) which is struggling for leadership at home and in the diaspora.

Mr. Sheik Daboh’s administrative strategy is to effectively share goals with the membership and get them on board with the mission and vision of the organization. He is making sure that the entire organization has a sense of being principled and honest and there is an inviolable code as to how members are treated, making the group unique and distinct from the other chapters.

APC Dallas is one of a few chapters that has never failed to subscribe and contribute to the branch demands to achieve the branch’s cohesive goals. Daboh fervently believes State House is a permanent residence for APC leadership, therefore, his chapter will continue to rise because, as he put it, "we will continue to choose individuals who are bright, optimistic, informed, visible, visionary, as well as practical in decision making."

Long live APC Dallas!

Long live APC-USA!

And long live APC Worldwide!