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Maada Bio crowned as ‘Political Messi’ in Sierra Leone

By Abu Bakarr Kargbo

 

Maada Bio crowned as ‘Political Messi’ in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone People’s Party concluded their 2011
National Delegates Conference at the Miatta Conference Hall in the early hours
of Monday 1st August 2011. The Conference assembled together about
six hundred and seven delegates from across the country who demonstrated love
for their party and elect party officials that will lead the SLPP to the 2012
Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council Elections.

The three-night conference saw the election of National Executive members as well as a Flagbearer
for next year’s Presidential Election.

Former National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) Junta leader, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada
Bio was crowned as the ‘Political Messi’ after winning the long awaited SLPP
Flag Bearership elections.

The Former Junta
Leader polled 238 (two hundred and thirty-eight) votes from a total vote cast
of 591 (five hundred and ninety-one) amongst nineteen aspirants. His cheering
supporters who saw their candidates vote casted in box ten (amongst the
nineteen boxes containing pictures and numbers of the various aspirants),
likened his political skills to that of the World’s Best Player in Football,
Argentinean born Lionel Messi.

“I can score goals in politics. With the
support of the people of Sierra
Leone, come 2012 sharp 12 the SLPP will take
over State House,” he said, and commended those who could not win for their
passion and endurance in the race. Mr. Bio Admonished them not to see him as
enemy, but they must realize that they are serving in the most experienced and
democratic party, in ‘one country and one people.’

Mr. Bio whom the Party deemed as the fittest candidate that will challenge President Koroma to bring the opposition party back to power in 2012, thrashed his opponents by clinching over forty percent of votes cast. He told this reporter that he deserves to win because he had the support of not only the delegates, and that also most people knew about his leadership qualities during his tenure as Head of State under the NPRC.

The re-elected
Chairman and Party Leader, John Oponjo Benjamin said the delegates brought in a
novelty for the aspirants to showcase true democracy in Sierra Leone. He commended their
solid membership for showing their love and trust for the oldest political
party in West Africa. “If the SPLL fail, the
whole nation will fail. It is only we as party members that will make the SLPP
fail,” Chairman Benjamin noted, and further congratulated the Electoral Board
for conducting transparent and credible elections of great importance to the
development of the SLPP. He concluded by stating that “the history of the party
is in your hands.”

The elections
which was acclaimed by all candidates as very transparent was conducted in a
friendly atmosphere. Chairman of the Electoral Board, Ambassador Alieu Bangura
reminded delegates and aspirants of the electoral rules. Two aspirants, Dr.
Kadi Sesay and Osman Boie Kamara had to join Mr. Bangura to sign each ballot
paper before voting.

The elections were
observed by the International Community, Civil Society and the Media.

 

Sierra Leone
People’s Party

2011 National Party
Conference Elections result

Presidential elections
Flag bearer

NO

ASPIRANT’S NAME

Number of votes cast

Approximate Percentage

1 Francis Obai Kabia

9

1.5%

2 Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie

2

0.3%

3 Abu Hassan Koroma

2

0.3%

4 Andrew Karmoh Keili

58

9.8%

5 Alhaji Momodu Koroma

12

2.3%

6 Morie Komba Manyeh

6

1.0%

7 Reverend Moiba Joe

1

0.2%

8 John Ernest Leigh

2

0.3%

9 Major Ishmael Sengu Koroma

1

0.2%

10 Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio

238

40.3%

11 Elizabeth Alpha-Lavallie

1

0.2%

12 Dr. Kadie Sesay

28

4.7%

13 Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbi

1

0.2%

14 Alhaji Osman Boie Kamara

186

31.5%

15 Dr. Anthony Kapindi Soyei

7

1.2%

16 Alpha Osman Timbo

44

7.4%

17 Emmanuel O. Grant

2

0.3%

18 Kadi Palmer Johnson-Cole

1

0.2%

19 Umaru Dumbuya

2

0.3%

 

Total Number of Delegates: 591

 

RESULTS FOR NATIONAL EXECUTIVES

National Chairman/Leader

John Oponjo
Benjamin – 388

Dr. Abass Bundu –
209

 

Deputy Leader

Chief Sebora
Somanoh-Kapen – 413

Eric Jumu – 194

 

Women’ Leader

Isata Jabbie
Kabbah – 339

Miliscent Mamie
Gbenjen – 225

 

Deputy Women’s Leader

Harriet Harriatu
Turay – 287

Fatmata Sawaneh –
279

 

Regional Chairman –Western Area

Victor Thomas – 16

Manso Dumbuya –
269

Lansana Fadika 306

 

Regional Chairman – Eastern Region

JS Keifala – 216

Hon. Patrick Foyia
– 364

 

Regional Chairman – Southern Region

Joseph Maada
Kpulun – 353

Anthony Brewah –
231

 

Regional Chairman – Northern Region

Dr. Alfred Bobson
Sesay – unopposed

 

National Secretary General 

Francis Lissa
Hindowa – 285

Sulaiman Banja
Tejan-Sie – 302

 

Assistant National Secretary General

Joseph N. Kaindu –
190

Ibrahim Sesay –
243

Soko Kai-Samba –
153

 

National Organizing Secretary

Alex Alie Kargbo –
149

Ambassador Alhaji
Alie B. Kamara – 162

Foday Lamin Sesay
– 23

Sahr Nyama – 235

 

Deputy National Organizing Secretary

Harding Torto –
368

Mohamed Zakien –
97

Issa K. Dumbuya –
104

 

Treasurer

Joe Kallon – 367

Victor Vandy
Kamara – 186

 

Financial Secretary

Agnes Taylor-Lewis
– 188

Gertrude G. Karimu
– 365

 

Young Generation Leader

Josephus Fengeh – 230

Alex J. Bhonapha –
193

Mohamed Malaam
Janneh – 137

 

Secretary – Young Generation

Ahmed Ken Kamara –
191

Jaiah MS Koroma –
228

Alimamy H. Bangura
– 138

 

National Publicity Secretary

Ansu B. Lansana –
227

Hon. Dr. Princess
Baba Jigida – 61

Hon. Musa Tamba
Sam – 235

 

Legal Adviser (Three people)

Alex Mugbe Musa –
104

Eke A. Halloway –
72

Hindolo M. Gevao –
161

Easmon Ngakui –
185

 

Auditor

Haja Jalikatu
Salaam – 284

Fuad Sheriff – 238

Trustee South (Two)

Yayah  kuador – 103

Shekou Tejan
sankoh – 128

Dr. Momoh B. Yilla
– 126

Alhaji P.A. Samba
– 66

Edward Stile Jengo
– 100

 

Trustee West (Two)

Amb Joe C. Bell –
216

Christian A. Leigh
– 108

Mariama Mansaray –
121

Frederick A.
walker – 21

 

Trustee North (unopposed)

Joseph Bob Amara

Rtd. Major \m. S.
Tarawallie

Trustee East (Two)

Ina Hawa Bonsu –
64

Sahr Lamin – 143

Mohamed A. Sandi –
201

Memunatu M. Koroma
– 121

Imam

Alhaji Sheik Fomba
Abubakarr Swaray – 425

Sheik Fuad Umaru
Sheriff – 119

Champlain

Rev. Gilbert E.
Harding – 324

Rev. Abraham James Jones – 208

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