The opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP) has reacted strongly to allegations carried in yesterdayís edition of Standard Times, in which it was reported that the partyís eastern based task force has put out a request to the partyís hierarchy in Freetown for the supply of logistics such as drugs, cutlasses and other harmful weapons plus some amount of money, to be able to effectively conduct its activities ahead of the 2012 general elections.
In a press release issued yesterday by the party and read at a press conference by its Chairman, John Oponjo Benjamin, it was stated categorically that "The SLPP would want to dissociate itself from the letter so published. The party believes this is mischief aimed at detracting public attention from the abysmal failure of the APC to address pressing matters of governance, corruption, youth unemployment, poor service delivery and poverty".
Meanwhile, the party is poised to forward a formal complaint against the Standard Times to the Independent Media Commission (IMC) in a bid to ascertain the veracity of the claims and to put the records straight.
Responding to questions from journalists, Chairman John Benjamin heaped the most blame on the newspaper for publishing what he referred to as a knowingly unsubstantiated piece that has the potential of creating chaos in the country.
He called on journalists to be patriotic and stop being used by politicians for personal gains.
He stated that the said letter came to their notice only when it was shown to them by an official of the Standard Times, and maintained that the party has no task force and has no intention of encouraging one.
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