By Abdul Fonti
The All People’s Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Ernest Bai Koroma, was escorted by thousands of supporters on Sunday 11th November 2012, from his State Lodge residence, through Wilberforce and Lumley, onto the Main Bowl of the National Stadium in Freetown, amid singing, dancing and jubilations.
This is the first time that President Koroma rallied from the west end of Freetown to the National Stadium. His rallies, and those of all other politicians, normally start from the east end and ends at the National Stadium.
Communications Director in the Office of the President, Jarrah Kawusu Konteh, described the move as a show of the true character of the President.
“President Koroma is a man that believes in equal opportunities for all Sierra Leoneans,” he disclosed.
At the jam-packed National Stadium, President Koroma’s second term bid was openly endorsed by world musical super-star, Kanda Bongo Man and Sierra Leonean sensational musician, Star Zero.
Very senior politicians in the persons of Vice President Sam Sumana, Minister Alpha Kanu, Minister Allieu Pat-Sowe, Minister Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, and Minister Oluniyi Robin Coker, displayed their football skills on the stage in the middle of the Stadium.
First Lady, Sia Nyama Koroma and the wife of the APC Running Mate, Kadia Sam Sumana, also did their own part to thrill the audience by displaying their dancing skills.
In his statement, President Koroma warned everybody to desist from violence. He informed the audience that the Military Aid to Civil Power (MAC-P) would be fully operational before the end of the week, noting that violence perpetrators will not witness the elections.
He called on his supporters to storm the polling stations on Saturday and re-elect him on the first ballot so that he will complete what he has started.
The President said he has redefined the word “stronghold”.
“People used to refer to certain areas as their political strongholds based on tribal and regional affiliations. I have succeeded in changing that definition to now mean a politician’s stronghold is where he has contributed immensely to develop,” he said.
The Leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Mohamed Bangura, was among the politicians that made statements at the National Stadium.
Dressed in a red shirt, he reiterated that there was no need to go into a contest with somebody who has proved himself as a honest and developmental oriented person.