News coming from the national SLPP headquarters for the past several weeks indicate that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the SLPP has cancelled over one hundred and fifty thousand membership cards of the SLPP because they were allegedly discovered to be fake cards that were printed and being sold by a camp within the party.
Two reliable sources within the party hierarchy, whom spoke to Francis Garrick on condition of anonymity, stated that the cards were alleged to have been produced by the Paopa camp of flag bearer aspirant, Rtd. Brig. General Julius Maada Bio.
They both explained that the cards were not been sold openly but they were taken to zones all over the country given to people who are loyal to Mr. Bio. They further explained that the Paopa group had been using these cards to create parallel zonal and constituency executive committees whose loyalty is to Mr. Bio.
“What they normally do is to give these cards to their own supporters headed by the Chairman, Women’s Leader and Young Generation Leader who have delegate status and will vote for Mr. Bio at the National Delegates Conference”, one of them revealed.
The other source also disclosed that those being recruited comprised of people who have taken oath to vote for Mr. Bio, many of whom are not even members of the SLPP.
He stated that this syndicate was discovered by some senior members of the party who noticed the odd features of the new cards including unidentifiable signatures. He explained that the quantum of money that the Paopa group is alleged to have netted by the sale of these fake cards is close to six billion Leones, equivalent of one million Dollars.
He further explained that while a thorough investigation has been instituted into the matter, all registration exercises in the party have been put on hold. He concluded that when asked about his involvement in the scam, Mr. Bio refused to make any comment and continues to refuse to talk on the issue.