PMDC Chairman and Leader, Francis Charles Margia: Long forgotten?
By Mohamed Lamin Banya
The former Secretary General of People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) party, Dr. Habib Sesay, has informed journalists that he has joined the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party following his resignation from the PMDC last December.
Dr. Sesay who also served as Secretary General for the All Political Parties Association (APPA) added that President Bio’s Free Education flagship programme is among the things that urged him to join the SLPP.
He added that, during his time with the PMDC, he held the Grand Chief Patron position during which period he carried out many high profile duties and responsibilities including Chairman, and conducted the bi-annual party convention in Kenema in 2012.
Dr. Sesay who is also a senior lecturer, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Science and Law at Fourah Bay College added that he has a very strong base in Bo City and large followers across the country which he will be using alongside his political experience to add value to his new party – SLPP.
He went on to say that, he represented PMDC at the 1991 Sierra Leone Constitutional Review Committee (2003-2017), and pointed out that, he also represented the movement under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Westminster Foundation of UK in Sierra Leone and Ghana.
“I joined the SLPP because of President Bio’s Free Education flagship programme. As an educator, I submit that the free education programme by the government is excellent and worthy of emulation,” he said.
Dr. Sesay showered praises on President Bio’s teacher recruitment, training and policy, citing that, as a Senior Lecturer who has been lecturing for more than 30 years, President Bio’s policy has created new job opportunities for primary and secondary school teachers across the country.
He also disclosed that, he left the PMDC as a result of inconsistency in the party, adding that, the rapid defection of party members to other political parties is also key for his resignation and that the party as things stand now will never be able to be in governance.
“I can write, edit and advice on anything I am called to do as I am among the people that write the SLPP constitution and if President Bio wants me to work with him, I will gladly submit myself,” he said.