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Bombshell: PDP joins APC

29 June 2007 at 23:46 | 528 views

By Sorie Sudan Sesay, Freetown.

One of Sierra Leone’s biggest political parties,
People’s Democratic Party (PDP), popularly known as
Sorbeh, has joined the opposition All People’s
Congress (APC) party.

The ceremony which took place Friday evening at the
Hannah Benka Coker Street headquarters of the APC,
came barely two days after the expiration of the
deadline for the submission of Parliamentary names of
political parties.

The PDP whose entire executive stormed the APC offices
with flying banners while singing and chanting
political songs, were greeted with thunderous
applause by APC supporters as they arrived at the party’s
headquarters.

This is the first merger of political parties ahead of
the August 11, 2007, Presidential and Parliamentary
Elections, and political analysts have described the
development as a major breakthrough for the APC with
only six weeks to the elections.

APC leader, Hon. Ernest Bai Koroma(photo), welcomed the PDP
officials saying his party is there for everyone,
adding that the only way out for every politician is
through the APC.

Hon. Koroma said that he was happy that people are
beginning to realise that the APC is the only
political party that will save Sierra Leone.
Koroma said all PDP were members of the APC and if
they decided to return, they are welcome.
"Home is home," the APC leader said amidst thunderous
applause.

APC Secretary General, Victor Foh, speaking to the
Patriotic Vanguard on mobile phone described the
development as a positive step towards the APC’s
chances of winning the elections, saying “this is to
tell the world and the nation that we are a stronger
force absurbing the weaker ones.”

He said his party appreciates the fact that the people
who previously deserted the APC are beginning to come
back, saying, “they were part of us and their coming
back is highly welcomed.”

Foh said his party will give the new members the
support and coordination they needed to move the
country forward through the APC.


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