November 10, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Former National Women’s Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Isatu Jabbie-Kabbah, and Western Area Chairman, Brima Keita, yesterday resigned from the party and officially joined the National Grand Coalition (NGC) party.
The decision of Isatu Jabbie Kabbah and Brima Keita to swap the SLPP for the NGC just few months to crucial elections may come as a big blow to the party which has been in opposition since 2007.
In her short declaration statement in the conference room of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Madam Kabba said: “It is a sad day for me to leave the SLPP and join the NGC. It is a bitter pill which I have to swallow for the progress of Sierra Leone.”
The widow of the late President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, who led the SLPP to electoral victories in 1996 and 2002, asserted that her former party has lost their values and proud credentials of internal democracy. She noted that even though she had been at the forefront in defending the SLPP, she decided to quit because she believes in the ideology of Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella.
On his part, Brima Keita said his decision to join the NGC was based on his fervent belief that Dr. Yumkella has the capability to champion socio-economic development in the country.
“The SLPP now is not the party I used to know before. We tried our best to foster peace, but to no avail. The NGC is about the development of Sierra Leone. It is time to change the political narratives of this country,” he said.
There has been official reaction yet from the secretariat of the SLPP.