‘I was abandoned by APC’

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…Says Bonthe Councilor

June 26, 2018

By Mohamed Massaquoi

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L-R: Councilor Avondor and SLPP Chairman Dr.Prince Harding

The newly elected All People’s Congress (APC) Councilor in Ward 308, Constituency 089 in Bonthe District has dramatically quit the opposition party and declared for the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).

During the formal declaration ceremony at the SLPP headquarters in Freetown yesterday, Councilor Daddy Avondor said the opposition APC did not finance his campaign for the victory they now boast of, adding that he was virtually abandoned by members of the party during the contest.

He noted that he contested on the ticket of the APC party after he the SLPP executive in that part of the country refused to award him a symbol, but noted that he would never betray his people by supporting another party against SLPP.

He said the APC executive only paid his candidature fee and refused to finance his campaign, thus the more reason he decided to go back to his traditional party, the SLPP.

“I am here to declare for the SLPP and to work with my brother who is the President of Sierra Leone. It is no secret that Bonthe district is an SLPP stronghold. My people who elected me are concerned about the manner in which some APC supporters and members have propagated my story. I want to make it abundantly clear that APC abandoned me during my political struggle. I was elected not because of my APC connection but rather as an individual. I have been supportive to my people and I have been playing my political card very well that was why I was elected. It is important to note that I did not receive a single call from any APC leadership. I have come back home and for real,” Avondor said.

Chairman and Leader of SLPP, Dr. Prince Alex Harding, congratulated the young councilor on behalf of the party, adding that it was the political dynamics in Bonthe and other parts of the country that voters elect people because of their support to them and not because of their political parties.

He said Avondor did not resign from the SLPP, but rather was not pleased with a decision of the party, adding that the decision of the young councilor to return to the SLPP was laudable and in the best interest of democracy, peace and development.

“SLPP is a party with a national character. It has respect for democracy and individual rights. My brother went to the APC but decided to come back to the SLPP. He was not forced by anybody,” he said, adding that SLPP would always remain grateful to the people of Sierra Leone for electing Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, while promising that the ruling party would deliver on their manifesto through the New Direction for the benefit of all.