October 10, 2017
Former Chairman and Leader of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), John Oponjo Benjamin, has in an exclusive interview with Concord Times said his rival for the flag-bearer of the opposition, Brig (Rtd) Maada Bio’s chances of winning next year’s elections are good because “this current government is unpopular.”
However, the onetime Chairman of the Kailahun District Council quickly added, “but my chances are better or even best when you factor in the other aspirants.” He said despite the low literacy rate in the country, “fancy words and empty promises do not fool voters these days.”
Mr. Benjamin, who served as Finance Minister during the final term of late President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, said his track record is beyond reproach. “I weathered all that the APC threw at us when I was Chairman and Leader and I steered the party to an election that we dubiously lost in 2012.”
JOB asked series of rhetorical questions apparently aimed at his archrival: “Where was Maada after the 2012 Elections; why was our petition thrown out of court; who has used more of his personal resources for the betterment of the party; who is the APC most terrified to contest against?” He claims, “These are questions that you yourself [the interviewer] can find answers to.”
Both had worked during the previous NPRC military junta in 1992 and in 2012 Benjamin supported Bio for president and even campaigned with him.
NB: Concord Times will later in the week publish the full profile of JOB in its Verdict 2018 Series