IT IS TIME:
Grassroots Power should now create APC Leadership
Opinion by Comrade Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden.
When power comes from the grassroots to build the top in any group, it is like a pyramid that will stand stable and strong over centuries. So that group will stand very strong and solid with its bottom holding up the Leaders because the bottom created their Leaders at the top.
IT IS TIME to rebuild All Peoples Congress (APC) party leadership from the grassroots upwards. There should be no more arrogance in leadership with the top leadership talking down and maltreating the ordinary members at the bottom. Power belongs to People! Take the power back to the people and let the people organise to choose their Leaders through ballot boxes – from the Constituency Levels all the way up to the National Levels, let the APC ordinary members choose their APC Leaders.
Finally, how can we have a National Advisory Committee (NAC) in our APC and virtually nobody knows the names of the full 40-Man complement making up this so-called NAC taking critical decisions on our behalf inside APC? That is a complete nonsense and APC was not created to be a nonsense party! Nor bah! LONTA.
See below for more from Dr. Blyden on this APC issue and you can also read earlier piece on this issue at the link right at the bottom.
As Loyalty & Legitimacy of Delegates under question:
*APC’S JANUARY 2020 CONVENTION IS GOING TO BE AN IMPOSSIBILITY*
Submitted by Comrade Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden OOR
MY FELLOW APC COMRADES, OLD AND YOUNG, PLEASE READ AND LEARN WHAT YOUR CURRENT 1995 CONSTITUTION (WITH A PREAMBLE BY LATE SENIOR COMRADE S.A.J. PRATT) ACTUALLY SAYS:
A golden key🔑 objective of our glorious party is listed under Article 3(ii)(a) which says APC is *“to attain and sustain political power through democratic and constitutional means in order to build a free, democratic society…”*
🛑TENURE OF OFFICE
*All officers from National to Constituency shall hold office for only 3 years unless RE-ELECTED.*
*…the above named Officers shall be ELECTED by the National Delegates Conference.*
Under ARTICLE6.13.1, the only two exceptions to this ELECTIVE Clause are the:
• National Chairman/Leader
• Deputy National Chairman/Leader
The above two are the ONLY positions amongst the entire National Officers who can enjoy the quality of being SELECTED! All others, from the National Secretary-General down are ONLY to be elected. Any selection of National Secretary General and others is ILLEGAL and such persons shall hence be illegally holding office and therefore cannot be accredited as Delegates to any APC National Convention!
🛑CONSTITUENCY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
*…ELECTED at the Annual Constituency Convention.*
[including Chairmen as per Article6.4.1(ii)(a) & Secretaries as per Article6.4.1(ii)(c)]
*…shall be ELECTED by the Constituency Convention.*
*…shall be ELECTED by the District Convention.*
🛑REGIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
*Regional Convention shall ELECT officers of the Regional Executive Committee.*
These particular positions, like the National Officers positions, are unequivocal throughout the current 1995 APC Constitution as demanding of an ELECTION and not a selection! So any and all Regional Officers who were SELECTED are currently illegally in office and cannot serve as APC National Convention delegates. No equivocation! They are NOT delegates if they were not ELECTED! Simple.
*….ELECTED by the respective regions and ENDORSED by the National Delegates Conference.*
These particular positions, like the National Officers positions, are unequivocal throughout the current 1995 APC Constitution as demanding of an ELECTION and not a selection! So any and all Regional Chairs who were SELECTED are currently illegally in office and cannot serve as APC National Convention delegates. No equivocation! They are NOT delegates if they were not ELECTED! Simple.
🛑NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (NAC)
*…composition shall be determined by the National Party Chairman in consultation with the National Deputy Party Chairman, the Regional Chairmen and the Secretary-General of the Party.*
The current composition of the 40-Man NAC body of the APC is unknown to the vast majority of APC Comrades including my very self. This is a repugnant quality of the heinous state of undemocratic secrecy that is afflicting the APC. Since the party currently lacks an ELECTED Secretary-General and also lacks ELECTED 5 Regional Chairmen, it is safe to conclude that a *legal interpretation* may be needed as to whether the current secretively-constituted NAC Members are validly in office after the 2017 Convention; if 6 out of the 7 people that Chairman Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma should have consulted with, are all NON-ELECTED and hence invalidly holding office.
🚩🚩Most Importantly, I am urging all bonafide APC party members to start thinking up ways and means by which we can safeguard the APC from malicious intrusion into our ranks. There is a HASTE to ostensibly ‘bring everyone on board’. I DENOUNCE THIS HASTE AS BEING COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE. There will come a time when we will need to bring everyone on board and that will be when we are seeking to win Votes to take us back to State House. That time is not yet here. For now, we need *very slim, very loyal central machines* that can start the difficult journey of repairing all the past years of damage to our flanks that were caused by our COLLECTIVE failures to look after our glorious party as moles infiltrated therein. Sierra Leone’s current Head of State did this effectively when he deliberately excluded doubtful folks from his Core Team. He got pronounced the Winner of 2018 Elections.
🚩🚩We all now know what we want inside our new APC Constitution but we cannot trust the current delegates (as SELECTEDLY constituted) to adopt a new Constitution for us. We cannot trust them to go to Convention for us as they may go there and make DANGEROUS resolutions for us since many of them are still under firm influence of folks like our Former APC Parliamentary Majority Leader Hassan Sheriff of Port Loko and other folks like our former Vice-President Victor Foh and similarly-minded Musa Tarawallie, Moijue Kaikai, Robin Faley(who has falsely accused APC of harbouring anti-Mende sentiments) etc. etc. etc. Even as we respect their decisions to quit APC politics so we must respect our APC enough to protect our APC from their continued influence on delegates. We don’t need delegates under the influence of such persons. It is dangerous!
🚩🚩Yes, the entire Agenda of the January 2020 Convention is one single Agenda: to adopt a constitution. HOWEVER, AND PAY KEEN ATTENTION TO THIS ASPECT… NOTHING STOPS THE ILLEGAL GATHERING TO GO FURTHER AND MAKE SOME INANE RESOLUTIONS ON OUR BEHALF!! And that is where the danger lies in this January 2020 Convention. We need trusted delegates who are not under negative influences to gather on our behalf at a National Delegates Convention.
🛑 *IN CONCLUSION:*
Our priorities for now is rebuilding a well-protected APC party once again. This must be through a democratic elective process starting from the grassroots. By this, I mean planning to hold Lower-Level Conventions as soon as possible; starting from Constituency Levels so as to ELECT our brand new, legitimate Constituency Chairmen, Constituency Secretaries and Constituency Executive Committees to man the affairs at the 132 Constituency levels nationwide.
After successfully ELECTING at the Constituency Levels, we move to the 16 District Levels and ELECT District Chairmen and District Executive Committees and then we move to ELECT the 5 Regional Chairmen and Regional Executive Committees.
After this, we can call a National Delegates Convention at which our very first agenda will be to instantly DISSOLVE the _*currently impugned*_ National Executive and conduct fresh elections for a brand new National Executive that will serve us.
Anything else other than the above should be REJECTED. Then we all go to the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) for MEDIATION and/or seek an Injunction at either the High Courts or the Supreme Court against the proposed holding of a January 2020 Convention by illegitimately selected illegal delegates.
Keep in mind that only ONE PERSON who is a fully paid up Member and determined enough, is needed to stop the moving trainwreck that I am strongly convinced our APC is now headed for – if we don’t stop the proposed January 2020 Convention (National Delegates Conference). So let it be here known that I can and I will be that ONE PERSON if it has to come to that. This is a battle to save the APC and by extension, save Sierra Leone’s Democracy.
Long Live the glorious APC!
Long Live the Republic of Sierra Leone!
PUBLISHED ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13TH 2019 BY:
*COMRADE DR. SYLVIA OLAYINKA BLYDEN OOR.*
*APC Honorary Foundation Member (No: AA010972)*
*Fully Paid Up on all my party dues for the past 5(five) years now*