SLPP Fights SLPP

Whether or not the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) National Delegates’ Conference scheduled for February will go on as planned largely depends on the outcome of the High Court ruling where three senior members are seeking interlocutory motion.

Lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie Esq. on Tuesday asked the High Court presided by Justice Babatunde Edwards to grant an interim injunction that would restrain members of the National Executive Council (NEC) from conducting the National Delegates’ Conference in February and to further preserve the status quo of the party.

He argued that the continuous violation of the plaintiffs’ constitutional and human rights coupled with the numerous irregularities in the ongoing internal electoral process of the party, which if left unchecked at this stage, would render the proceeding futile and the court would not be able to act immediately.

Lawyer Tejan-Sie recalled that in 2015, Chief Justice Umu Tejan Jalloh granted the Honourable Lawyer Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbie an interim injunction. He further called on the court to discord the Alhaji Sam-Sumana matter.

According to Lawyer Tejan-Sie, there is no National Officer in this matter and the evidence before the court is totally absent in Sam Sumana Vs Attorney General and Vice President Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh.

He stated that it will be convenient to order an interlocutory injunction as the plaintiffs/applicants have ardently proved that the balance of convenience lies with them, noting that no amount of money as compensation will be sufficient for the damages it will cause to the plaintiffs.

Responding, Lawyer for the defendants, Umaru Napoleon Koroma maintained that SLPP is the country’s main opposition with 42 MPs and 9 local councils monitored by party officers. He added that it won’t be prudent to slam an injunction for the sake of just three persons who felt aggrieved.

The defense lawyer therefore called for a speedy trial rather than slamming an interim injunction, citing the case of Alhaji Sam Sumana.

He furthered that granting an injunction would cause more problems that could lead to the collapse of the party, adding that no matter what happens, the plaintiffs and defendants are all members of the SLPP family, including the suspended members.

Lawyer Koroma advised that the interest of the party must stand tall and therefore called on Justice Edwards to follow the decision of the Supreme Court in the Sam Sumana Vs Attorney General and Victor Bockarie Foh in the circumstance of the two cases.