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"My first membership card of the party was in 2001, but I lost it and I had to register again in 2006 and have been a fully paid member to date.” John Sisay. Do you have to register again if you lose your membership card? Does your membership of the party terminate after losing your membership card? These APC guys are full of it.
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I wonder if EBK had to register again when he came back to APC from PDP.
In John's case, I don't think his re-registration will be as much of an obstacle than the district and ethnic group he comes from.
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"In John's case, I don't think his re-registration will be as much of an obstacle than the district and ethnic group he comes from." Spectator, That is not the point. The point is, is the man telling the truth? Why do you have to re-register fot just losing your membership card? I have lost my APC membership card twice and did not have to re-register.
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I take him at his word Masoila...just as I accepted KKY's explanation about his SLPP membership card.
He is going to be your party's standard bearer and will lock horns with the brigadier in March 2018.
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"He is going to be your party's standard bearer and will lock horns with the brigadier in March 2018." Spectator 007 Why are you so sure, Spectator? Are you going to bet on John Sisay? The man has a lot of flaws. His roots in Northern communities are not deep and he finds it difficult to connect with grassroots guys - not good at all. APC folks are only comfortable with Area Men.
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@Masoila: Incredible luk gron skills...clairvoyance
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APC is not an elitist party. This must be lost on John Sisay.
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@Masoila: Was EBK part of the elite when he was enticed by SAT Koroma, ET Kamara, and others to run for the APC presidential nomination?
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In Salone, your education and wealth can make you an elite. So in that case EBK was an elite. However, behaving like an elite is quite a different thing. EBK grew up in Makeni and Magburaka where he was well known as an Area man, service man, if you like. He continued that lifestyle in Freetown, even dancing to Paddle all the time. John Sisay is not that type. Sisay has a Nerdish outlook with a nose pointing upward. Not good for Salone politics, especially APC politics. Wonder why John Leigh was blown away? He wanted to lead the SLPP but had no roots in Bo, Kenema, Kailahun and Kono. Moreover, he went after the largest and most influential tribe in the country - a recipe for disaster.
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@Masoila: So you are referring to the schewn-schewn, "refined" , educated type. You have a point there and John may fit into that category.
I met him just once... at a restaurant along Wilkinson Road when I visited Salone three years ago. I recognized him from photos I had seen of him online...introduced myself to him...and we must have chatted for at least 20 minutes on mining related matters.
I had the impression that he must have lived overseas since he was a youth for quite some time.
JEL has more saviceman behavior and raps than JS but he was simply not a good politician...and taking on a huge influential ethnic bloc was a disastrous move. He should have stuck with business.
On his own, JS would never clinch the APC nomination. Nonetheless, I do have a very strong hunch EBK will create conditions for him to win the nomination. If that happens, whether the rest of the party will fall in line, will be anybody's guess.
Do you think the saviceman/area man type individual is what Salone needs right now?
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"Do you think the saviceman/area man type individual is what Salone needs right now?" Spectator 007 Specky, I think Sierra Leoneans have always gravitated toward a leader that is easily adaptable to different circumstances. That is a leader that is a combination of a bookman and a service man. What this means is that he must be comfortable in the company of bookmen just as he should be comfortable in the company of servicemen. I honestly think that Brigadier very much fits what I am describing. I am not supporter of his but as highly educated as the man is, he never lays claim to intellectualism and is easily comfortable in the company of servicemen, hence his support among the Paopas. John Sisay was born in Kamabai in the North. But the question is, does he have support there? There is just so much that his cousin, the president, can do to help. But the bulk of the lifting has to be done by the candidate himself. What secondary school did he attend? That is also very important in Salone politics. EBK had his friends from Magburaka Boys school solidly behind him in 2007. Today, the Brigadier has the almighty Bo School behind and KKY has the legendary CKC behind him. These things are very important in Salone politics. I know that John Sisay attended the University of London. But did he also attend secondary school in London? If he did, then he is very close to what we call Orpoto (white man) in Temne.
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Great points Masoita.
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"On his own, JS would never clinch the APC nomination. Nonetheless, I do have a very strong hunch EBK will create conditions for him to win the nomination. If that happens, whether the rest of the party will fall in line, will be anybody's guess." Could it be that, the story of some Sierra Rutile shares changing hands and the fact that John Sisay was never in Government, is a pointer that it is his time for the ultimate favours from EBK? One of the youngest presidential aspirants (47) showed his hands in 2014 when others could not dare. http://www.switsalone.com/20585_happy-to-succeed-president-koroma-john-sisay-sierra-rutile/ "Approval and go-ahead from the President" is really all that matters even though he has not much of a political base. The man spent most of his time overseas. studying for a Bachelor in London and an MBA in Surrey, before going on a work tour in many African countries. Where he had his secondary schooling is a mystery. He probably had his secondary schooling overseas, a conclusion i have reached, after hearing him speak. Being not part of an 'ol school boy' network is a good thing or not if he eventually occupies State House?
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I am John Sissy and I paid for this story.
He really is quite desperate, isn't he. Perhaps he is now realising he is not the shoo-in he thought he was. Fancy needing to use the newspapers to remind your fellow party members of all the money you've spent to be crowned unopposed.
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Where are the Themne candidates - Alpha Kanu, Eddie Turay, etc.? Is this flag bearer race heading for another Limba victory? It seems the race is over before it even started. In all APC circles, it is just John Sisay.
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Amara Cole kakarass keep dreaming. You will one day wake up and see Zainab Bangura or Alpha Khan at State House.
Thaimu Joe Blow
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"Amara Cole kakarass keep dreaming. You will one day wake up and see Zainab Bangura or Alpha Khan at State House." Laimpay Dagbeh Davies Salone democracy should be open to all. Personally, I will be glad to see a woman like Zainab Bangura in State House. Unfortunately, APC politics operate in a very distinct manner. If you don't have some Limba blood you are not good enough to lead the APC. This is how it has always been and this is how it will always be. The Limbas are smarter folks than Themnes. For all the gbose gbose, Themnes are only followers. They cannot lead. The APC flag bearer race will be won either by John Sisay (100% Limba) or Joseph Kamara (50% Limba). Laimpay Dagbeh, you better accept this and live with it now. I live on the ground in Salone, I am APC and I know APC politics better than you.
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Joseph Kamara has no Limba roots which is hie problem in the APC. He is Temne (Paternal) and Loko (Maternal). He speaks only Temne and he refused to register with the Loko Association in Freetown despite the invitation that was extended to him and EBK.
But can't the APC leadership move away from Bombalili?
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Joseph Kamara will not lead the APC as he is Themne-Loko. Anybody failing the test of Limbaness will not be allowed to lead the APC. 50% Limbaness is the minimum requirement.