All People's Congress
|All People's Congress|
|Leader||Ernest Bai Koroma|
|Chairperson||Ernest Bai Koroma|
|Secretary-General||Victor Bockarie Foh|
|Spokesperson||Alhaji Alpha Kanu|
|Headquarters||137th Fourah Bay Road Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|Ideology||Democratic socialism|
|Political position||Centre-left|
|Seats in Parliament|
|District Councils Chairperson|
|Politics of Sierra Leone
- "All People's Congress" is also the name of a sister organization of the Workers World Party in the United States.
The All People's Congress is one of the two major political parties in Sierra Leone, the other being the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). The party was founded in 1960 by a breakaway group from the Sierra Leone People's Party who vehemently opposed the idea of election before independence, but instead supported the idea of independence before elections. The All People's Congress (APC)was formed at 5 Elba Street, Freetown, and consisted of the late Alhaji Chief Mucktarru-Kallay, First Chairman and Leader and who gave the name and the symbol. Allieu Badarr Koroma, Deputy Chairman, C.A. Kamara-Taylor, First Secretary General, Alhaji Sheik Gibril Sesay,Treasurer, Kawusu Konte, Organiser, S A T Koroma, Public Relations,Kotor AbuBakarr S Bangura, The Artist, drawings of the Symbol, first seventh and later add six to thirteen, may their souls rest in perfect peace and bliss. these were the first seven and founders members of the All Peoples Congress Party.The next Members are Siaka probyn Stevens, Nancy Steele, S.I.Koroma, Bob Allen, Mohamed Bash-Taqui and Ibrahim Bash-Taqui. Sir. Albert Margai who would later return to the SLPP and become Prime Minister, and Siaka P. Stevens who would also later become Prime Minister and subsequently President of Sierra Leone. The APC governed the country from 1968 to 1992, and became the ruling party again in 2007, after the party presidential candidate Ernest Bai Koroma won the 2007 Sierra Leone presidential election.
Following a heavily manipulated plebiscite in 1978, the APC became the sole legal party in the country, a status it retained until 1991. Former presidents Siaka Stevens and Joseph Saidu Momoh were members of the APC. Momoh was overthrown in a military coup in 1992, and during the long civil war that followed, the party was severely weakened.
In the parliamentary election held on 14 May 2002, the party won 19.8% of popular votes and 22 out of 112 seats. Its candidate in the presidential elections, Ernest Bai Koroma, won 22.3% of the vote; he was defeated by Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP).
For several years Koroma's leadership was challenged by some in the party, who took the issue to court; the dispute was said to be resolved in April 2007, with Koroma being accepted by party dissidents as the party's leader ahead of the 2007 election. He is the party's candidate for president in the election, the first round of which was held in August 2007. In the first round he took first place with 44.3% of the vote, ahead of Solomon Berewa of the ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) with 38.3%, but did not receive enough votes to win outright, and a second round was necessary. In the parliamentary election, held concurrently with the presidential first round, the APC won 59 out of 112 seats and became the largest party in Parliament.
Koroma was victorious in the second round of the 2007 presidential election, held on September 8, winning 54.6% of the vote against 45.4% for Berewa. He was sworn in as President on September 17.
APC has traditionally been based amongst the Temne and Limba people in the north. (History of the APC)www.awoko newspaper, September 07, 2007.( Late Siaka Probyn Stevens joined the APC today in 24Th September, 1960) We Yone newspaper, September 24, 2010
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- Katrina Manson and Christo Johnson, "Koroma pledges healing in Sierra Leone", Reuters (IOL), September 18, 2007.