The National Democratic Alliance became the first Party to enter the August 2007 elections with a female running mate, in the person of Margaret Sidikie Baimba.
The Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Amadu Boie Jalloh last Friday entered the National Electoral Commission proudly with his running mate to be nominated for the forthcoming elections.
After they went through the normal process of nominations, the NDA became the 6th
Party to get the nod from NEC to secure provisionally nomination for their Presidential and running mate candidates.
The NEC Chairperson Christiana Thorpe asked the first female running mate how they plan as a party to ensure that their supporters maintain the code of ethics for the campaign.
She answered that their party stands on the principle of “respect for all,” and assured her that they respect democracy and are trying to impart this-respect for the tenets of the law and non violence- in their supporters.
Madam Baimba called herself a mother and grandmother of the nation and an old school teacher,
She said that as a running mate she has a lot in her mind especially for women and appealed to all women to give her their support.
Alhaji Amadu Boie Jalloh said that he decided on a female running mate because as a party they believe in giving women leadership responsibilities and they also believe that women should be working side by side with the male folk. He stressed that they want to break the status-quo, – the traditional mentality that pushes women to the rear. “If we believe in our women we should be pragmatic about it and that is what I have demonstrated” he said.
The NDA front man defined the present SLPP system of governance as a “dictatorship,” where the opposition has not been vibrant. He promised that in the next government, no one party will dominate parliament and that there would be constructive opposition for any party that will hold the mantle of power.
The NDA flag bearer said that he was fascinated with the nomination process, pointing out that in the past; nominations have been a system to eliminate opponents rather than an avenue to get the citizens to nominate their candidates.
A frenzy crowd celebrated the party’s registration outside the NEC headquarters and with traditional fullah flutes like bagpipes and anti- SLPP songs amplified by heavy speakers blaring away all through the streets of Freetown from the NEC office in Wellington to their Party office at Circular road.