Friday, August 17, 2007

SLPP to Negotiate With Margai for Victory

Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) may be joining forces to ensure the All Peoples Congress (APC) doesn't emerge victorious after Saturday's election, according to PMDC sources in Kenema.

A police officer shows a women how to mark a ballot.

Supporters of Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) are frustrated over what they referred to as a possible lead by the All Peoples Congress (APC) in the presidential and parliamentary elections in the West and Northern Province.

They have therefore appealed to the presidential candidate of Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Solomon Berewa, President Kabbah and other senior party members to negotiate with the leader of PMDC to come back to the SLPP for victory.

According to a strong PMDC party stalwart who declined to disclose his identity, they were expecting that the PMDC or SLPP would have received larger numbers in the Western Area, but with the APC taking almost all the seats in Freetown, they are ready to plot with the SLPP.

"We have understood that the election was based on regional and tribal lines," he said. "It is rather unfortunate that some of us do not realize the treks of the APC earlier, we are praying for a runoff in the presidential election. That I mean it will be massive for the SLPP as all of us are ready to cast our votes for them. We know APC for their misadministration though they are say that the party is been reformed." He also maintained that though the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has not pronounced the provincial results, there are speculations that the PMDC did not secure substantive seats in the Kenema district.

Musu Kallon, also of the PMDC, expressed similar sentiments, noting that it is timely for the south easterners to come together to form a unified force to ensure that the APC do not take the presidential seat.

"Berewa, Kabbah and other senior members of the SLPP should immediately go into negotiation with Charles Frances Margai, leader of the PMDC party, because the contest now needs collective intervention," said Kallon.

"However results from Kono, Kailahun, and Kenema have not been pronounced but information reaching local radio stations in Kenema speculated that SLPP is taking the lead."

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