BY: MOHAMED MASSAQUOI
The Presidential Candidate for the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio has on Wednesday, 24th January 2018 officially presented his Running Mate and Vice Presidential Candidate, Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh to the people of Port Loko District. The presentation, which brought huge turnout of voters across all divides, was done in several major towns within the district ranging from Tagrin, Lungi, Lokomasama, Port Loko City, Masiaka and Songo.
Delivering his statement at the Port Loko City Lorry Park, the Rtd Brigd Bio said the appointment of an indigene of Port Loko was not by any mistake because he always has a very special feeling for the district hence the reason he has twice consecutively chosen his Running Mate from the district. He said the SLPP has a rich history with the district citing key stakeholders from the district who have served the party over the years.
He said the appointment of a son of Port Loko as his Vice Presidential Candidate is a challenge that he has posed to the people of the district which they must be ready to face by overwhelmingly voting his party at all levels in the upcoming elections stating that a lot of other districts were looking for similar opportunity to have had the running mate, but he instead opted for Port Loko because of the special love he has for the district. He said despite all the votes the district has been giving to the APC, the party failed to reward them in their selection processes of Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates. He said the people of Port Loko can now seek solace to the SLPP as the party with the best of intentions for the district.
He criticized the APC as responsible for the underdevelopment of the district despite the plethora of representatives the district has in governance “Despite all the people you have in government, Port Loko is still one of the most deprived districts in the country. This should not be the case as you deserve better conditions of living,” he said. Bio, who did his first military deployment in Port Loko District decades ago called on the people to vote him and the SLPP and promised that his presidency will transform the district for better.
Speaking to his people, Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh who hailed from both Kafu Bullom and Lokomasama Chiefdoms in the Port Loko District thanked the Rtd Brigd Bio for honouring the district with such an opportunity to serve at the acme of governance. He said the district has suffered a lot because of bad governance but promised to work in line with the visions of his boss to bring development to the district and therefore called on his people to vote the SLPP come March 7th.
Similar statements were delivered by other members of the entourage which included the party’s National Campaign Chairman Dr Alie Kabba, North-West Vice Chairman Ambassador Umaru Bon Wurie, Lawyer Alpha Timbo, Dr Alpha Wurie and Dr Abass Bundu.