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NEWS : Politics  

UDM Leader Quits Sierra Leone Presidential Race
By Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Nov 9, 2012, 17:14
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The Presidential candidate of the United Democratic Movement of Sierra Leone has announced he was withdrawing his candidacy from the elections slated for next week Saturday November 17th 2012.

 

According to Mr. Mohamed Bangura, he had done nationwide consultations on his ambitions but everywhere he went, he was told that this is not your time as the President is doing so well.

 

Accordingly, he is calling on all his supporters to now vote for President Ernest Bai Koroma on elections day.He however said he will remain to be an opposition voice as he had his eyes set on the 2017 elections. Thus, he revealed that he did not want any ministerial or Government position when the President wins the elections.


The UDM leader dropped the bombshell during the final presidential debate in the night of Thursday November 8th 2012. Although the debate was snubbed by most of the presidential candidates including the two leading candidates, Mohamed Bangura had showed up at both of the presidential debates.

 

The presidential debates flopped because of a cloud over the intentions of the organisers but at least there was the excitement of the bombshell from Mohamed Bangura.

 

Many of the main opposition supporters had been hopeful that Bangura running in the race, would take away votes from the President and increase the chances of a run-off between the two main candidates.They are currently dismayed at the decision of Bangura to drop out of the race.


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