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John Oponjo Benjamin Goes to America
By Henry H. Kargbo
May 29, 2009, 17:26
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The National Chairman of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) will be flying out of Sierra Leone this Sunday May 31st 2009 on a trip to the United States of America that is slated to last for at least one full month. John Benjamin told Awareness Times yesterday that his Deputy, Dr. Kadi Sesay, will take care of the affairs of the SLPP until he returns back to Freetown.

John .O. Benjamin: SLPP Chairman

"I have no doubt that Dr. Sesay is capable and able enough to handle the day to day affairs of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party until I return back to Sierra Leone," Benjamin stated yesterday shortly before he commenced a meeting he was having with all the elected Local Government Chairmen and Mayors of Local Councils under the control of  the SLPP.

Benjamin is heading to America to firstly attend the Graduation ceremony of his daughter in New York as well as spend time with his wife and other members of his immediate family who have resided in America since the war years.

However, John Benjamin is combining his usual trip to meet his family with politics this time as during his time in America, he also intends to meet with the various North America chapters of the SLPP including with the SLPP North America Executive. Apart from expounding on the current state of the SLPPs affairs as he inherited it upon being elected National Chairman, John Benjamin says he will also be having tte--tte discussions with SLPP members about the current National polity wherein he says he "will honestly answer all their questions and lay to rest any fears they might possibly have about the viability of our SLPP".

The SLPP Chairman indicated that he will be taking felicitations from the local branches of the SLPP to their compatriots in America as well as formally congratulating the North American Branch of the SLPP for their due recognition as a Regional Branch. The SLPP in North America is now considered as the Fifth Region of the Party following the adoption of such by the recently concluded National SLPP Convention.

Mr. Benjamin, also revealed that he was not only going to America to meet with SLPP members but that he was also hopeful of meeting with non-partisan Sierra Leoneans as well as Sierra Leoneans belonging to other political parties so he could, "sell the ideals of the SLPP to them in a bid to further strengthen the SLPP membership in its Fifth region".

John Benjamin is expected back in Freetown by early July.

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