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“After all, the political history of this country shows that when Bo sneezes, the rest of the country catches cold, and that every political change in the country has got the approval of it and not even Freetown the capital city.” - PML (author of piece)

Beg to differ with author. That distinction belongs to Freetown and to a lesser extent Kono.

Since independence, the winning side has always won Freetown except in 1962 when APC and SLPP were essentially tied there.

We have had six relatively free multi party elections since independence. Elections after 1967 until 1992 were not free. Both SLPP and APC have each won three. Not once has Bo sided with a party other than SLPP
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I don't think the author meant it in the context that you have elucidated it.  I think what he meant is that Bo being the second largest city in Salone does determine to a reasonable extent how popular a candidate is at the national level.  If KKY or Samura can draw in Bo the kind of crowds that they drew in Freetown, then nobody will question their popularity.  Freetown rallies draw the attention of all.  Bo and Kenema are very partisan.  If they are not for you, they will not show up at your rally.
Spectator 007
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Even with your brilliant enucleation, my view is still the same...and that is, Bo has not in the past and will not make much of a difference in the outcome. Bo is SLPP all the way. Bio will easily win Bo and Kenema. But will he get over 90% of their vote like Kabbah did in the 1996 runoff and 2002 first round? No one has ever matched those percentages.
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But will he get over 90% of their vote like Kabbah did in the 1996 runoff and 2002 first round? No one has ever matched those percentages.  Spectator 007.

Why not, Spectator.  Southeasterners are more excited and energized for Maada Bio than they were for Tejan Kabbah.  I was in Kailahun in 1996 and voted for Tejan Kabbah.  Let's just hope that the elections are free and fair. 
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