Stalwarts of the two major contenders for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP)’s symbol at Aberdeen: Victor Lewis and Buffy Bailor, yesterday engaged in heated argument as to where the election should commence; the disagreement subsequently lead to the postponement of the election.
Explaining the reason for the feud, amidst exhilaration and pandemonium Mr Bailor accentuated that, “the party [SLPP] informed us that the election [was] to commence at the Aberdeen Community Centre, suddenly somebody for our constituency-the Secretary General phoned me and informed me that the location for the election [was] now at the party office.”
He noted that reasons were not proffered as to why the transfer to another venue, but however noted that they tried to find out by going to the party office. At the party office, Mr Bailor averred that they were perplexed because “he was not at the party office, we returned to Aberdeen only to be informed that the Secretary General was at the Dance Troupe compound.”
Mr Bailor explained that the elusive movement of the Secretary General frustrated them, alleging that “the Secretary General wants to take us to Dance Troupe which is the stronghold of one of the aspirants.”
“How on earth are we going to hold elections in one of the strongholds of an aspirant”, he questioned.
Mr Bailor apart from the venue as to where the elections should be held, he also alleged that “…two of the constituency executives have openly declared their support for this aspirant [Victor Lewis], which is not constitutional in the first place.”
“Because we are not comfortable with where they want to commence the elections, four out of the five aspirants have suggested for a neutral ground,” Buffy said.
He explained that they had informed Alhaji Cole about the decision they had made and “we have finally agreed that the elections should commence tomorrow [today] at the regional office.”
Giving his on version of the quarrel, Victor Lewis alleged that the District Chairman Joe Blell and the Consistency Chairman, George Soro-King “who favours my opponent refused for the elections to occasion at Nairobi House they claimed that it is my father’s house.”
“They then decided that we use the Aberdeen Community Centre, but unfortunately no concrete arrangement was made with the caretakers of the centre,” he said.
Mr Lewis further explained that the “caretakers did not allow us to make use of the hall by refusing to open [it].”
So, he added, “the regional chairman said we should go to [the] dance troupe, but the other contenders and their delegates refused to go to the Dance Troupe,” noting that “they insist for the elections to be conducted at the community centre.”
The reason why they refused to go to Dance Troupe, he explained, “they claimed that it is one of my strongholds.”
“I have no problem with the new venue and the time of the election because I’m going to win hands down,” he said.