AN ASPIRANT WITHOUT A STRONG HOLD IS LIKE A CURRENCY WITHOUT STATE.
A currency without a state is a failed currency according to economists. What about an aspirant without a political strong hold according to political scientists?
Probably, that is why the word “grass root” is being added into the political dictionary of Sierra Leone.
In a general political context, the genesis of a political strong hold has to do with someone or a political party’s intimate association with the culture and tradition of the people of a particular area. In the two main politically adjacent regions of the north and south, a preferential treatment to the culture and tradition of the people and an eloquence in either of the two dominant languages ( tribes) in these respective regions, and in the country gives someone an advantage of a strong hold. And with a strong hold advantage, the individual is in a well oiled machine. Notwithstanding, the failure of any politician or intending flagship aspirant to be fluent in any of the two dominant tribes in the country, renders the individual null and void in the captainship of any of the two main political parties in the country. Food for thought.
In other to be an aspirant of the almighty APC party, the individual must be able to hobnob with the Temne people and fluently speak the ” themne” language and familiarize himself with other northern smaller tribes. Similarly for the present Sierra Leone Peoples Party, 60% fluency in the mende language of an aspirant gives the individual an advantage, and 40% additional influence in any of the smaller tribes in the party’s strong hold of the south and eastern regions predominantly, will definitely complement the individual’s stand point in the SLPP. This tells you the reason for the north/ west interconnectivity with the APC party and His Excellency The President, and the inextricably bound ties between Brig. Bio and the people of the south and part of the Eastern regions.
The literary analogy I am making here is on two folds, the unreasonable attempt of people who intends to take leadership of the APC party but are not familiar with the socio- cultural, political and traditional patterns of the people in the party’s strong hold and in the country, the second point is the influx of intending aspirations into Port Loko district and the using of the district as their natal home and political artillery base from where they could launch their offensive and defensive flagship campaigns even when they knew their chances of conflicting the minds of the people of the district and sway their attention from their brother, son and heir apparent to the presidency is very small. The interesting thing in the present avalanche of aspirants into our district is, there had been no born, bread citizen of port Loko district among them at the moment with the exception of the Apprentice and the recently abdicated APC Chairman, port Loko district. Now if I may ask ladies and gentlemen, why Port Loko district a political buffer zone for APC aspirants at this time? Do this people understand that the political sovereignty of Port Loko district is for ALHAJI Dr. ALPHA KHAN and nothing else? Can someone tell Mr. Sesay that money is not everything in politics, draw his attention on the Solomon Berewa Vs President Koroma 2007 case scenario and tell him further that the political sovereignty of the people of port Loko district is not in an auction spree at this time? Can someone be mindful to tell lawyer Kaloko that his father’s citizenship in Port Loko district has no bearing with his own acclaimed natality in that district? Who will be bold to look Comrade Alimamy P. Koroma into his pupil and tell him that, Sir, don’t waste your prestigious political time in port Loko district since you are not an option to the people of Port Loko district? Quite recently, a Senior member of the APC party claimed citizenship of Port Loko district in my living witness, and he is no less a person but the current minister of mines and mineral resources. To me, probably he is, maybe to others he is not.
My conclusion now is:
Why the incessant avalanche of intending APC aspirants into our district?
Why is port Loko district strategic in the subsequent APC party flagship nomination?
Do we have a second option after the Apprentice?
I thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!
Osman Bai Kanu
Port Loko District.