June 13, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Former Vice President of Sierra Leone and presidential aspirant for the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), in the 20007 presidential elections, has observed that the challenges facing the party was as a result of ignorance and selfishness among certain individuals within the SLPP.
Solomon Ekuma Berewa said in an exclusive interview with Concord Times that, none of the SLPP members including those of the national executive has ever consulted him on the current political predicament that has taken over the positive output of the party.
“I have never been consulted on the SLPP mater. All I know about the party comes through the media. I am sure the party has it structures including the national executive. They should be addressing most of the pressing questions as to the direction the party. They are all the same kettle of fish,” Berewa said.
SLPP as the main opposition party in the country has been involved in an intra-party conflict that has been viewed by many Sierra Leoneans as ‘unfortunate’ for the maintenance of peace, stability and good governance in the country.
However, Berewa reiterated that those who are charged with the responsibility of manning the affairs of the party should be able to tell the populace as to which direction the party has now taken in providing quality opposition for Sierra Leoneans.
Local media report in 2015 stated that Berewa held series of meetings at his Residence, along Old Adonkia Road, Goderich,in Freetown, with Bishop Dr. Joseph C. Humper, for the designing and preparation of an inclusive SLPP Family dialogue conference (FDC).
Berewa said he was not ready to associate himself with any aspiring Flag-bearer, as he believed the urgent thing to do now was to pull their strengths together to unite and reconcile the party where possible, even before the court verdict was pronounced.
“I want to appeal to Chief Somano Kapen, Chairman and Leader of the SLPP and other National Executive Officers, to continue to cooperate and work in partnership with the Bishop and the proposed Joint Planning Team for the preparation and planning of the FDC,” he said.
It could be recalled that the Appeals Court of Sierra Leone on Monday, 5th June, 2017, delivered judgment on a case between three aggrieved members and the national executive of the main opposition Sierra Leone people’s party (SLPP) headed by Chief Somano Kapen.
Victor Sheriff and two others brought a matter against Chief Somano Kapen, asking the High Court to nullify elections results in 39 constituencies, believed to have been marred by irregularities and conducted with parallel executives.
Some political analysts believed that the best way possible for the SLPP is to use political strategy to settle their dispute in order to win the forthcoming 2018 presidential, parliamentary and local council elections.