The much anticipated announcement of the running mate for the main opposition All People’s Congress party has yet again been postponed to today. The party appears before the National Electoral Commission tomorrow to nominate their presidential candidate and his running mate.
It came after a large group of journalists had stormed the party’s headquarters yesterday to hear Ernest Koroma’s choice to be the country’s vice president should he win the August presidential election. They were disappointingly told that the announcement had been put off to today.
Party sources say four people are vying for the post. They include two from the Western Area, Dr Abubakarr Jalloh who in 2002 was named as running mate but was disqualified after it emerged that he had fraudulently registered to vote and outgoing Member of Parliament, Afsatu Kabbah the only female contender.
The other contenders hail from the eastern Kono district. They are John Sahr Yambasu and Sam Sumana.
Party sources say the presidential candidate is keeping sealed lips over the issue as he still continues to confer with members of the party’s National Advisory Committee (NAC).