Speaking at his 52nd birthday party at Hill Station on Saturday 14th May, 2016 the SLPP 2012 flag bearer, Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio called on his fellow flag bearer contenders to collectively support his bid so that, he would easily defeat the APC Party in 2018.
Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio noted that, he was the only flag bearer contender in the SLPP that has the experience and temperament to govern the country, having served both as head of state and head of the RSLAF (Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces). “This is my time to return the SLPP to State House in 2018”, Brig. Bio declared amid deafening applause from party supporters and well-wishers.
Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio said that, in his opinion, durable peace can only be restored in the SLPP after the flag bearer election. “Whoever is elected flag bearer would have the responsibility to unite the party… As it is now, there is no workable framework for peace in the SLPP”, Brig. Bio noted.
The birthday party was attended by other flag bearer contenders and/or their representatives including Alpha Timbo, Ernest Ndomahina, Engineer Lahai, the sister-in-law of Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, the National Chairman/Leader of the SLPP Chief Somano Kapen, Hon. Alhaji M. L. Kallon of Segbwema and other senior party officials.
Mr. Timbo called for party unity and noted that, it is only a united SLPP that will easily defeat the APC in 2018.
Chief Somano Kapen also underscored the need for party unity. He said that, he had told his counterpart in the APC that, their days in governance were over. “There is no doubt in my mind that the SLPP will form the next government in 2018”, Chief Kapen confidently said.
Hon. Sidi Tunis of Pujehun district called on all flag bearer contenders to stay in the party even if they lose the next flag bearer contest. “We will not allow anyone to bring this party down again… If you attempt at doing so, we will first bring you down… We are no longer going to allow anyone to destroy our chances in 2018… We want to easily defeat the APC Party which has failed this nation woefully”, he said.
Mrs. Navo Kaikai who chaired the ceremony said that, she was convinced that the best Presidential candidate for the SLPP will be Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio.”I want to appeal to all other flag bearer contenders to give Brig. Julius Maada Bio their maximum support in order to be able to easily defeat the APC party in 2018”, she said.
The surprised birthday party was organized by Mrs. Fatima Bio (the wife of Maada Bio) and other party supporters.