|APC Days are Numbered- Declares Dr. Kadi Sesay in Kenema
By Mohamed Massaquoi, 29 May 2012
Culled from Concord Times (Freetown)
Following President Ernest Bai Koroma's whirlwind tour of the Eastern Province in the last two weeks, the women of Kenema decided to extend an invitation to Dr. Kadi Sesay, the running-mate to (Rtd.) Brig. Julius Maada Bio of the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), to hobnob with them.
A massive assembly of women welcomed the university don turned politician at the Bandama check point, from where they danced with her into the city. Dr. Sesay first made a stop at the SLPP office on Hangha Road, where she was welcomed by the party executive and throngs of party faithful. In her brief remarks to the enthusiastic crowd, Dr. Sesay thanked them for their continued support to the party, while assuring them of victory in the forthcoming elections. She told the overwhelming supporters, comprising of mostly young women and girls, that "the days of the APC government are numbered". She reminded the gathering of the "good old days of the SLPP", and assured them that "good times are on their way back to our country".
The SLPP vice presidential candidate then proceeded to the Temne mosque on Dakiyai Street where she was greeted by a mammoth crowd of supporters and sympathisers. In his sermon, the Chief Imam of the Temne mosque in Kenema, Sheikh Conteh, thanked Dr. Sesay for visiting them and for praying with them at their mosque. He narrated the long standing cordial relationship the Temne community has had with the locals in the city over the years. He noted that the appointment of Dr. Sesay as the first blue-blooded Temne and woman on a major party ticket was the first in the history of the country. He thanked Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio for appointing "our true sister to such an honourable position". He prayed that God "richly reward you for that boldness and patriotism".
In his remarks, the deputy chairman and leader of the SLPP, Chief Somano Kapen, lauded the contributions of his kinsmen, the Temnes, in the development of Sierra Leone, citing the roles played by the late S.L. Bangura, Sorie Fornah, Ibrahim Bash-Taqi and others. He asked the jammat to offer prayers for their souls to rest in perfect peace. Chief Kapen urged the congregation to discount "the old and tired propaganda of the APC that seeks to demonise the SLPP as a Mende man party". He asked his audience, "is the APC nearly as diverse as the SLPP", to which they responded, "Noooo!"
In her statement to the jammat, Dr. Sesay thanked the Chief Imam and his congregation for inviting her and her team to worship with them. She expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the women of Kenema for their thoughtfulness in inviting her to the district. She described the invitation as timely, "considering the fact that the president and his large entourage just passed through the city recently".