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Sierra Leone: Koroma & his Running-Mate
By AWARENESS TIMES
Sep 7, 2012, 17:17
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In 2007, it was Awareness Times which unveiled APCs Running-mate to the public. We also first officially confirmed news of SLPP Running-mate. It was no mean feat to score for us to be the ones to first reveal the two confirmed main running-mates for 2007.

 

For 2012, we first stated it was Dr. Kadi Sesay for SLPP. We intend to be the paper which confirms news of who is 2012 APC Running-mate. Contrary to some tabloids, we do not see indecision on part of Koroma. We see a pattern. In 2007, Koroma named Sam-Sumana less than 24 hours to Nomination Day. That is his style. Stop second-guessing him. It is futile. Nomination Day is in October.

 

There is a Presidential candidates image on ballot papers but no Vice-President face on the ballot papers because it is a Presidential elections. President Koroma knows his followers trust his judgment to make the correct decisions for Sierra Leone and for the APC. Whoever he announces, however late he announces, even 24 hours to Nomination Day, will get to enjoy the fullest support of Koromas followers because they will be going to the polls to elect a President.


See below for our 2007 Report


 

First Published Five Years Ago in July 2007

APC Unveils Sam Sumana in Sierra Leone Today

 

By Sayoh Kamara

 

The Leader and Presidential flag bearer of the All Peoples Congress (APC) party, Ernest Bai Koroma has completed consultations with his nine-man caucus and indications are that he unveils his Running Mate, Mr. Sam-Sumana of Kono, at exactly 12:00 noon today less than twenty-four hours before the Presidential Nomination schedule for tomorrow morning of Wednesday July 4th 2007.


According to reliable APC sources who spoke to Awareness Times late yesterday evening, the APC Leaders expected yesterday announcement was cancelled following a protest against the legibility of Mr. Sam-Sumana by Mr. John Yambasu who is also a Konoman. However, we can now authoritatively reveal that all aspects of said protest were solved when Mr. Sam-Sumana presented relevant documents in answer to protesters queries.


Very little is known about the APC Running mate outside of Kono however Mr. Sam-Sumana since his return to Sierra Leone some two years ago, has been able to comfortably fit into the socio-political melodrama of the country, with his indelible print registered considerably on Kono District, his native birth place through social infrastructural reforms and rehabilitations. He is said to have, together with Madam Diana Konomani, weighted the political pendulum in Kono in favor of the APC.

 

Mr. Sam-Sumana is a devout Muslim and a holder of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems, a Diploma in Mineral Polishing, and a Diploma in Information Technology Networking & Support. He claims that he has vast knowledge in national and international business and politics.

 

Senior Members of the APC hierarchy in Kono intimated Awareness Times yesterday that Sam-Sumana has the Kono popularity and potency to "capture an overwhelming percentage Kono vote for the APC." Kono it could be recalled has always been a political hot potato during Sierra Leones national elections.

 

Reports reaching Awareness Times from Kono indicate that a high-powered delegation is already on its way to Freetown to congratulate Mr. Sam-Sumana in anticipation of his choice as the APC Running Mate.

Members of the Kono delegation who spoke to Awareness Times last night insist that Mr. Sam-Sumana has "appealed to every facet of political thoughts within the APC" as well as "every shade of regional and tribal considerations within the party", which has "endeared him to the Party Leader and flag bearer."


Even though the choice of Sam-Sumana as Running Mate is not the first of its kind to a Konoman, many Konos interviewed by this press, see this choice at this particular point in time as one with "high expectations."

 

"This is our moment of hope." Tamba Gbakima in Kono stated yesterday.


Copyright July 2007, Freetown, Sierra Leone


© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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