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Tension is currently raging between two factions in the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) National Executive over who should bear the responsibility to pay the collasal sum of Le100 million stipulated by the National Electoral Commission as presidential nomination fee for the 17th November 2012 election.
Speaking to the press a close confidant of the SLPP presidential candidate, who refers to himself as Rex Benya, noted that one faction of the SLPP camp is urging for the party to bear the financial responsibility of the flagbearer and some other senior MP’s, while another faction from within the council of elders insists that both the SLPP presidential nominee Julius Maada Bio and his running-mate Dr. Kadi Sesay are to raise the sum of Le50 million each to off-set the NEC regulatory charges.
According to Benya, this financial situation has left many party stalwarts angry with the National Chairman John O Benjamin who is still refusing to present a transparent expenditure of the Le 990 million which was raised during the SLPP flagbearership election.
One other senior member of SLPP who begged for anonymity intimated to this press at their party headquarters Wallace Johnson Street that many of the senior members in the council of elders are confirmed to be very reluctant in contributing which rumours were hastily debunked by the National Secretary General of the party lawyer Suliaman Banja Tejan-Sie stating that his party is financially strong to face the 17th November polls. “Even if the prescribed nomination fee was more than a Le100 million my party would have paid every single cent”, Tejan-Sie boosted.
By Boyzy Balogun
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