By Alpha Bedoh Kamara
Reports of continued resignations of major stakeholders from the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and joining the National Grand Alliance political party is indicative of the latter eating the SLPP from within.
The then embattled aspirant of the presidential flagbearer of the SLPP, Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, now presidential aspirant of the newly registered National Grand Alliance, is winning the minds of major stakeholders of the SLPP with the latest person being the former constituency chairman of Constituency 109, Samuel Squire, resigning from the party.
Samuel Squire is regarded as the SLPP’s strong man in the Brookfield community and environs for his dynamic operations and mass mobilization for the SLPP in the past years.
“It’s like the NGA is gradually taking over the SLPP,” said Aruna Massaquoi, a supporter of the SLPP.
Massaquoi also claimed that the party is losing hold of major strongholds around the country, especially in the north and east as a result of the resignation of prominent members whose support base has over the years made the SLPP a formidable party in the country.
Close sources in the SLPP claim that most members are still angry about the internal problems in the party and are not optimistic of creating a major impact in the 2018 presidential elections.
Like previous elections, the outcome of the 2018 presidential elections will be determined by the NGA, the APC, and SLPP, and pundits are of the view that the NGA will create an upset for the ruling APC government and the majority opposition party, SLPP.