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‘I’ve Not Rejected SLPP’s New Role’

…JOB debunks rumour

November 14, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai

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Former Chairman and Leader of SLPP: John Oponjo Benjamin

Erstwhile Chairman and Leader and standard bearer aspirant of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), John Oponjo Benjamin, has said that he remains SLPP and would always serve the party, thus debunking rumours that he had rejected the position of chairman, Information, Communication and Publicity Committee for the 2018 general elections.

The National Executive Council (NEC) of SLPP, meeting in the northern district town of Port Loko last Wednesday, appointed Mr. Benjamin to head their Information, Communication and Publicity Committee ahead of the 2018 multitier elections.

Since his appointment, rumours making the rounds on social media have claimed that he had rejected the new role as evidenced by his refusal to publicly accept his new role.

However, in an exclusive mobile phone interview yesterday with Concord Times, he insisted that he was still SLPP and should be of use to the party by accepting to work for it earnestly as they bid to win the 2018 presidential election.

“Rumour mongers in the social media should be talking for themselves and not for me. I did not ask anyone to put anything for me on the social media. I will talk for myself when necessary,” he said.

The man fondly called JOB by his supporters vowed that he would not leave the SLPP for any other party, but added that if party officials assign a role to him he doesn’t want he would categorically tell them that.

He confirmed that the party has offered him a new role but that officials are yet to send him an official correspondence, adding that when that is done he would start talking about it.