Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 January 2017
It is now over ten days since Julius Maada Bio – one of the leading presidential aspirants of the opposition SLPP and the party’s 2012 presidential candidate, made an appeal to the other presidential aspirants of the party with whom he is at war, for peace dialogue. But no one has accepted his offer.
It seems the wounds of years of bitter struggle for the leadership of the party and Bio’s unorthodox approach to politics, have caused far greater damage to his relationship with his fellow presidential aspirants than previously thought.
Bio has been blamed for the violence and breakdown in discipline and order that have recently been witnessed in the party.
His supporters have been directly blamed for the disruption of meetings organised at the party head office by party chairman Karpen.
The acrimonious court battles which started five years ago and are still ongoing, seem to have their nexus in the Bio leadership struggle.
Is it possible for those he has previously refused to sit and talk with, to now accept his peace offer?