We the All Aspirants Alliance (AAA) came together as a group of like minded politicians committed to peace, constitutionality and transparency in our Sierra Leone People’s Party. We are very proud that our continued public advocacy and tenacious commitment to our party’s values has contributed to the success of the Ever Green peace initiative. We are convinced that peace can be achieved quickly, but we firmly believe that it should be “right and just” and as such we must address all the grievances of various interest groups.
As we pursue the peace, we have also listened to the resounding call from our supporters for the Alliance to present “one leader”. Many have argued that the Alliance should demonstrate its ability to coalesce around “one leader” rather being a mere “collection of aspirants”. Each of us in our media interviews over the past three months have also assured the public that we will choose a leader without delay. To this end, we negotiated amongst ourselves for months as to the best way to achieve the selection of “one-leader”. We held consultation with various stakeholders. Our diaspora groups organized conference calls amongst aspirants and their supporters to soften the ground for the negotiationS. At the end all 10 of us agreed on a hybrid process to first reduce our contestants from 10 to 4 and then proceed to select one. We recognize the exceptional leadership of Chief Ernest Ndomahina and Mr. Franklin Rogers who graciously decided to step down as aspirants in front of all their colleagues and the interview panel. This interview short-listing Mr. Alpha Timbo, Mr. Munda Rogers, Mr. Andrew Keili and Dr. Kandeh Yumkella as the top four candidates for stage two.
After weeks of further deliberations and consultations, Mr. Timbo and Dr. Yumkella decided to subject themselves to an electoral process in their North-Western stronghold. They identified representatives to work with a team to design the process, set the rules and supervise the actual election. We commend the two gentlemen for their courage and cooperation to subject themselves to the will of the delegates in the North-Western region, and for convincing their supporters about the importance and credibility of this process.
The result of the election which took place on Saturday February 17, 2017. We are pleased to announce Dr. Kandeh Yumkella as the winner of this contest. We will continue the consultative process in the South-Eastern region this week and complete the selection of the leader by end of the month.
We recognize that the supporters of some of our colleagues who did not make the cut might not be happy. We implore them to accept the results and stay with us to continue the quest for peace and success in the SLPP. Their leaders have shown exceptional courage and magnanimity in agreeing to choose one from amongst us. It is a truism that only one person will eventually lead the SLPP, and that ultimately the Almighty that will decide who will become President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
One Country, One People