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Charles Margai Endorses J.B. Dauda for SLPP Leadership
By Sheka Tarawalie (State House Press Secretary)
Dec 22, 2008, 00:34
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The Leader of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Charles Francis Margai, has used the occasion of  the funeral of his mother, Musu Fanny Momoh (85), at his Gbangbatoke hometown to call on the SLPP to rally round President Ernest Koroma, the peoples choice, to demonstrate real love of country.

 

Delivering the vote of thanks yesterday at the jam-packed Sir Albert Margai Memorial United Methodist Church, the presidential run-off decider, said his resolve to have supported President Koroma to clinch the presidency was wise and an inspiration from God, and that from this day, Ill not rest until the APC, the PMDC, and the SLPP come together to give His Excellency support to build this nation.

 

Leadership comes from God, and if you love your country, you would support the one who has undoudtedly been chosen by God, he maintained, amidst cheers from he congregation. 

 

He said his own side of the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change campaign started with the death of his mother, revealing that since he pitched tent with the APC during the run-off, he had never had any talks with the SLPP until when he decided to include the names of some of its members in  the obituary announcement and they thereafter reciprocated by visiting him, led by Alhaji UNS Jah, that they agreed on the need to start talking.

 

He disclosed about the equivocal candidacy of J.B. Dauda, who was present in church, for the SLPP leadership, and that he deserved and would morally support him to lead the party, though I am no longer part of it. I have already crossed that bridge.

 

Margai thanked President Koroma for both his moral and financial support for the funeral, and making history in Gbangbatoke for being the first Head of State to visit the church and any funeral there with his wife and the wife of the Vice President. He also thanked the SLPP for their support, while he thanked members of the PMDC the youngest in the (political) family for the unwavering support.

 

He also paid tribute to his brother-in-law, former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, who unavoidably could not attend because at about the same moment (the afternoon of Sunday 21st December 2008) Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Jr was being buried in Freetown following his untimely death.  Margai thanked the Bo School, the Christ the King College (his alma mater), and the Harford School for Girls who all had very visible representations.

 

Four cabinet ministers (Presidential & Public Affairs Minister Alpha Kanu, Works Minister John Saad, Health Minister Soccoh Kabia, and Lands Minister Benjamin Davies), Deputy Minister of Tourism Hassan Mansaray, and Ombudsman Edmund Cowan (whom Margai described as older and therefore, if God only uses the law of averages, should die before him) were also present. 

 

The guest preacher, Henry G. Macavoray of the Bishop Humper United Mehodist Church in Rutile, held the church spellbound, interspersed by humour,  during his thirty-minute flight to heaven message, with the theme Life and death (biblical text derived from John 4:25), starting with a quote from a once atheistic academic who by the end of her life came out with a research concluding that life continues after death.  He dilated on man being  by necessity a spirit and that the deceased was already in the hands of Jesus.

 

The firebrand preacher became more practical and radical when he said Sierra Leone would only ever develop when the peoples minds are renewed by the Word of God. He said although the Presidents attitudinal change vision is in place, it would not be achieved if the minds of 95% of the population are not renewed by the gospel. He made mention of monies disappearing at the National Safety Net and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the fact that Sierra Leone is still ranked last in the Human Development Index as a direct result of corruption and greed.

 

When our minds are renewed, then we will know the permissive and perfect love of God. Do we love one another as God  says?.. It is democratic to belong to different parties, but why breed hatred? Why the jetty palaver in Gbangbatoke? he questioned, receiving loud applauses from his audience.

 

Contributory songs were rendered by groups from the Roman Catholic and the United Brethren in Christ churches in Gbangbatoke, backed by the Harford Girls school band. 

 

President Koroma and entourage, who travelled by helicopter, returned to Freetown on the same day. The President and some members of his delegation arrived from attending the annual ECOWAS summit in Nigeria just the night before.

 

THE PRESS SECRETARIAT

STATE HOUSE

22 DECEMBER 2008


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