Preliminary analysis on the APC candidacy speculations so far

*Preliminary analysis on the APC candidacy speculations so far*
a. Regional/District considerations

– EBK is from Bombali District. It may not be prudent for the party to continue having presidential candidates from the same district all the time. Check; J.S Momoh (selection), Edward M. Turay – 1996, E.B Koroma – 2002, 2007 & 2012. 

The party might consider this significantly.
– Kambia District has 2 candidates declared already. There are serious concerns about their competencies for president owing their performances and manner of exit in previous public offices. 
c. Portloko District has 3 aspirants already. All 3 are largely devided and questions on them have been; apprenticeship (meaning less preparedness), less national popularity and lack of public experience in the case of the lawyer, and the veteran MP is considered an Old-school type better to maintain his position in parliament. The party would not choose a candidate from amongst such a bitterly divided district.
– Tonkolili District has one candidate so far yet to declare but vastly rumoured. The only woman yet in the race. Criticisms are based on gender and questions about her being a former founder of another political party (MoP), but EBK was also in PDP at one time. 
– South-East has only the current VP trumpeted in rumours. Other interested persons from the two regions are criticized based on low votes potential in favour of the APC. The north-west might not give-in to making a president whose people (of the same region) would not cast their majority votes for. A potential exception to this maybe VP Foh who is a veteran politician that is admired accross the country. This might turn things around especially considering the thirst by the South-Easterners to see one of theirs as president. The case is even stronger where the opposition SLPP fails to conclude primaries amicably to the satisfaction of all factions. APC will always look at the better option to retain power. 

Sierra Leone is yearning for a change. 

APC can make this change from within. Apart from replacing EBK, the party has to make a shift from the prevailing old system.

Mitigating factional in-fights is also crucial while the Bombali dominance has reached a point that needs checking. 
On grounds of family, there should be no room for nepotism. The president has at least close friends and immediate family members aspiring. Will he risk hurting either of the two in favour of the other?
Furthermore, EBK is preparing to be our president emeritus after the elections in 2018. But his ambitions are still clear on having control of the APC even after his presidency. Most of the aspirants wouldn’t be comfortable being controlled by another person when they are president. But there are a few who can manage according EBK continued respect & influence while pursuing their agenda. 
So, APC is at the crossroads where it must be strategic in choosing the 2018 flagbearer.
©Edward Adikalie

About Patric Foryoh

Patric Foryoh Daboh is a blogger, Political, social activist,a satirist and co-founder & Co Editor of Makoni Times Newspaper based in United States of America. He studied Multimedia in the United States.He has met and interviewed personalities including Former vice-president of Sierra Leone Alhaji Sam Sumana, late Tamba Sam SLPP Secretary General , Gloria Strasser , David Tam Mbayoh , Agibu Jalloh, Chernor Bah, Murtala Mohamed , Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, J. Arr, Nasser Ayoub, Alpha Timbo, Robin Farley, Bai Mahmoud, and many more. Patric has produced the "Diolog" show at the TPN radio and was the social media correspondent for TPN . He has appeared on numerous daily newspapers publication in Sierra Leone. He blogs at Sierra Leone one man civil society blog on relationship, sex, marriage, faith & culture, politics, religion. He was the programming manager at Mamba TV. Patric Foryoh was named as the 54 Most Influential People in Sierra Leone by Swit Patric Foryoh represents the new wave of new voices in Sierra Leone/Africa media who are breaking boundaries and charting new territories. He is a husband and a father of a son and a daughter.

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