More Time For SLPP Executive

The governing Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) at the weekend peacefully ended a two-day National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in the Southern city of Bo to chart the way forward with regards the party’s next National Delegates’ Conference that will elect new national officers to run the affairs of the party for the next two years.

The meeting, according to report, notably resolved to extend the life of the current NEC led by Dr. Prince Alexander Harding as National Chairman and Leader, and Napoleon Koroma as National Secretary General by three months.

The decision was reportedly taken to allow the current NEC to consolidate peace and foster unity within the rank and file of the SLPP, given that the declaration by the National Publicity Secretary, Jimmy Batilo Songa, who has the support of the young generation, to challenge Dr. Prince Harding for the National Chairman and Leader position has brought open hostility between supporters of the two stalwarts.

President Dr. Julius Maada Bio, who report state was to be the keynote speaker at the NEC meeting, was unavoidably absent as he was attending an ECOWEAS Heads of State summit in Abuja, Nigeria, adding that Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, who deputized the President at the NEC meeting, called for peace and reconciliation in the SLPP. The Vice President also reportedly spoke of the party being in dire need of structural adjustment to make it more attractive than it is now.

On the second day of the meeting, according to report, the National Chairman and Leader also reiterated the need for peace in the party, and for members and supporters to loathe violence.

The First Lady, Fatima Jabbe Bio, who also reportedly addressed the NEC meeting, declared that she would not support any candidate for elective positions in the next convention. She reportedly warned against any candidate that could use her name to campaign.

Report further states that the First Lady extended an olive branch to the National Women’s Leader, Madam Fatmata Sawaneh, whilst she however argued that they had never quarreled but only that the National Women’s Leader had never invited her to any function. Both of them reportedly embraced on stage to show that they have no quarrel.

Other party members who too have beefs to express were allowed to vent out their grievances.

Amongst resolutions reportedly adopted by the meeting were the setting up of committees by the party, undertaking of infrastructural development, fund-raising drive, reviewing of the 1995 Party Constitution, amongst others.

A motion was also reportedly adopted to hold the next NEC meeting in Koidu city, Kono District on 11th August, 2019 where the date for lower level elections and the next National Delegates’ Conference would be announced.