APC Tactics Backfire… Lands Minister Booed
Disgruntled voters in Mile 91, Tonkolili District, are reported to have booed at the Minister of Lands, Country Planning and Environment, Musa Tarawally when he recently led a high-powered delegation to persuade the voters to vote for Aaron Koroma the APC candidate for Constituency 62 parliamentary bye-election slated for June 29 this year.
Eyewitness accounts revealed that the desperate voters categorically told Musa Tarawally that they will not vote for the party’s candidate, Aaron Koroma, who, they said, is not their preferred candidate.
The voters are reported to have vowed to teach the APC an unforgettable lesson by voting overwhelmingly for the independent candidate, John Gbla, who was denied the party symbol for no good reason. “The APC tactics of imposing the unpopular candidate on people will backfire this time as we will vote massively against the party candidate in favour of the independent candidate,” they stressed.
They blamed the Minister of Education, Minkailu Bah and other APC top officials for refusing the award of the party symbol to the candidate of their choice, John Sallu Gbla, who they said contributed immensely to the victory of the party during the past elections during which his vehicles were damaged. The voters rained praise on John Gbla for the numerous development projects he has initiated in constituency 62, 61 and 60 including construction of schools and water wells and the awarding of scholarships to several students.
Meanwhile, the Lands Minister is reported to have invited ten representatives of the voters to Freetown for further dialogue and he is reported to have recommended that John Gbla be given a lucrative position and a fabulous amount of money to prevail on him to step down for Aaron Koroma. Musa Tarawally is quoted as saying that John Gbla must not be allowed to disgrace the party candidate during the June 29 parliamentary bye-election.
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