One of the contending flag bearer aspirants for the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Dr. Alie Kabba, has boasted that he is the only candidate that can defeat the ruling APC in the first round in the coming Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections.
He confidently made the statement while responding to questions from New Vision about his preparations for their coming flag bearer convention this month.
Dr. Kabba explained that he has brought peace and unity to their party and that he is confident that the delegates of SLPP will reward him by voting him as the flag bearer for the 2018 general elections.
“If you deal with the issues and forget about personal attacks, I believe that the voters will reward you. That is what I have been doing,” he said.
The radical progressive politician maintained that he is not a career politician but a political activist who believes in what he says and do exactly what the people want.
Commenting on the issue of the reduction of the candidature fees from Le120, 000, 000 to Le60, 000, 000, he maintained that the decision of the executive to reduce the price was unanimous with the flag bearers.
He added that after the Kenema convention, at a time like this, they decided to put the price down so that people will not think that the price is a way to disfranchise or an obstacle for others to contest.
He said, “The deadline for the payment of the candidature fees was reasonable and we all agreed to it so I don’t think it was necessary to extend it.”
When asked whether he will step down for any opponent in the race, he responded that the bottom line is that SLPP is a democratic party which allows everybody to contest.
He said if someone decides to step down for another candidate it is the person’s right and if someone decides again to compete it is also his or her democratic right.
The SLPP presidential aspirant condemns the move by the APC in discrediting the National Electoral Commission, describing it as a backdoor approach for their ‘More Time’ agenda and the only way to hang on power beyond the mandate of the President, Ernest Bai Koroma.
“As far as I’m concerned NEC is doing a very good job and the APC propagandists should stop attacking the NEC boss,” he advised.
He concluded by calling on the government and development partners to provide the necessary support for NEC.