Taking the cue from other political parties’ rallies, thousands of supporters of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) yesterday wrapped up their campaign in Kenema, Bo and Freetown ahead of tomorrow’s polls.
In Kenema, the supporters who were dressed in their party colours and waving palm leaves converged at Blama Road, Hangha Road, Maxwell Khobe Street, Combema Road and Koroma Street.
Police personnel, dressed in their riot gears, were seen in their vehicles while some were stationed at certain locations to prevent SLPP supporters from passing through the offices of other political parties.
By midday it started raining heavily for about thirty minutes but the supporters were still in the rain dancing and singing for their party, saying that whether it rained or not they would come out on Saturday and vote.
The three musical sets mounted on top of a vehicle were blaring music in praise of the SLPP and also denouncing violence.
In the southern city of Bo, the SLPP had its final bite from the campaign cake as its supporters came out in their all-green-multi-thousand-people’s-march.
The rally started with the flooding in of children, youth, grown-ups and the aged at Shelmingo point on the Bo-Kenema Highway.
At the junction, the ardent fanatics rallied around a white cardboard that carried the image of the party’s flagbearer chanting songs both in his adulation and in denunciation of other political parties, especially the People’s Movement for Democratic Change.
They chanted in Mende that the PMDC’s leader had stolen their “palm kernel” but “we have brought it back as it belongs to us.”
At about 12:30 the rally began to move on the Bo-Freetown Highway. The rally continued up to Peace Junction where the supporters stretched from Shelmingo and up to the Clock Tower, and Bo’s centre was entirely green.
Fleet of vehicles, that where also in the procession, blared “de notice nor go rayt, wi nar de landlord” to counter the APC’s “Injectment Notice”,
The mammoth rally further went on from the Peace Junction through Tikonko Road, Dambala Road and to the party’s office where they chanted songs that denounced violence.
Meanwhile, the main streets of Freetown were yesterday also transformed into steams of green as SLPP supporters showcased their strength. Vice President Solomon Berewa and his running mate, Momodu Koroma, waved to party faithful as the procession processed along Siaka Steven Street to the National Stadium.