Dear Kamara : Much respect!
Who escapes the judgments and indictmentsw of Psalm 14?
When Paul wrote to the Romans, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God “ his “all” probably included everybody in the APC, the SLPP and the NGC too.
Nowadays, everybody is yapping and rapping about corruption. The NGC was giving some innocent folks the idea that perish the thought that one of them could ever be corrupt.
The way I see it, when it comes to judging who occupied the high moral ground in that presidential debate, Alhaji Musa Tarawally emerged as the clear winner. Just return to exactly what he said, at least he brought the Almighty into the picture...
Has the SLPP after Sir Milton Margai never been guilty of corruption?
Apart from Alhaji Yumkella, are there any stalwarts of the NGC who are as clean as a new born baby?
Is Sam-Sumana himself absolutely clean? Here, I'm thinking of the woman who they were about to stone to death for adultery, until Jesus said to them , let him that is without sin, throw the first stone
I'm writing this immediately after reading Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray's very sad compliant to Mohamed N’fah Alie Conteh, the National Electoral Commissioner. At this stage we cannot vouchsafe any truth to any of his allegations and of course we are to expect some more cry babies crying over spilt milk from some of the other weaker candidates who did poorly at the elections. I suppose that when it comes to the humiliating dimensions of Alhaji Yumkella's ignominious defeat everywhere including his home turf in Kambia the best thing for him to do, after all the previous big talk is that he remains quiet, since just a little SLPP or APC hanky-panky here and there would not have significantly added more votes for him or his moribund NGC. He has to face the sad reality that his baby elephant didn't fly after all. If he had declared his assets and liabilities – and made a big show it, just like Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, he (Alhaji Yumkella) could have probably fared a little better.
But I am not mean-spirited, so I don't say, “ babu yai o!” to Alhaji Yumkella, instead, we wish him perseverance, humility and better luck next time.
You have said, “Do opposition parties have a choice at this juncture? Samsumana destroyed APC in Kono, Yumkella has been a thorn in APC's back, blatantly exposing its corruption and Mansaray has had his properties destroyed for his vocal criticism of APC. If they join APC, they will lose credibility.”
You say that “Yumkella has been a thorn in APC's back” - in spite of which Yumkella is not going to get more than 5 % of the total votes cast. What kind of thorn in the APC's back is that ? It seems that he has mostly been a thorn unto himself.
It's really not solely a matter of ”If they join APC, they will lose credibility” since the other party leaders and party members do not have to publicly declare for this or that party : As we all know, when citizen x steps into the the polling station it's a matter of “Secret Ballot” - a secret that if he so chooses , he/she shares only with God, the Almighty. Or as His Excellency John Ernest Leigh would put ít, it's between him and his conscience, when he famously said, ” take the money , but vote your conscience”
I invite you to take a look at the map in this article Test for democracy in Sierra Leone, and to tell us to what extent that map has changed .
In my view, if the SLPP comes to power, the NGC will find them more difficult to dis-lodge than the APC...