SLPP Bags Le300M

 

As confirmed to The Exclusive by the Editor of the Unity press of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), only five aspirants will be contesting in the presidential flagbearer election this weekend ahead of the 2018 national elections.

The five, who he said have paid their  nomination fees of Le60 Million  each and therefore eligible to contest include Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio, former party National Chairman and Leader, John Oponjo Benjamin aka JOB, Dr. Alie Kabba, Amb. Bond Wurie and Dr. Oseh King.  The nomination fees collected from all five, he disclosed, totaled Le300 million.

“What is interesting is that unlike in 2011 when the SLPP had about 19 flagbearer aspirants who each paid one hundred million Leones nomination fees, the number of aspirants are pretty small and nomination fees correspondingly smaller this year,” a senior member of the party asserted. He furthered that unlike 2011 when the SLPP had more flagbearer aspirants than the APC, it is the reverse this year with the number of aspirants of the latter tripling that of the former. This, he said, suggests that the 2018 elections are not going to be half as intense as the previous elections.

It could be recalled that over a dozen of stalwarts in the SLPP initially expressed interest in the flagbearer position to the point of forming what they dubbed, All Aspirants Alliance (AAA). However, the AAA did not stand the test of time as intra-party fracases placed spanners in their work. The continued attacks and counter attacks on each other later saw one of the then leading flagbearer aspirants, Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella suspending his bid for the flagbearer race, the defection of another, Franklyn Rogers to the APC and recently, the suspension of Ing. Andrew Kamoh Keili’s bid for the race. Others who have reportedly gone underground or have maintained tight lips include Dr. Ndomahina who reportedly pitched tents with Maada Bio, Lawyer Alpha Timbo, Ing Munda Rogers, Hon. Ansu Kaikai and lately, Dr. Jonathan Tengbe.

Currently, the five aforementioned flagbearer aspirants are reportedly crisscrossing the country canvassing the party’s national delegates who have been asked by the National Secretariat in Freetown to report on Monday and Tuesday for their ID cards for this weekend’s election.

Front runner Maada Bio who will declare to SLPP MPs in parliament on Wednesday was reportedly in Kono at the weekend while JOB was reportedly in the South.