Leema submitted that the expulsion was the exact consequence for gross insubordination perpetrated by the aforementioned individuals to the National Executive body of the party.
He told African Young Voices that the Sierra Leone Peoples Party national constitution gave right to the National Executive Council and the National Executive to take disciplinary actions against any member of the party, who failed to carry out lawful instructions from party officials.
Lahai Lawrence Leema went on to state that the National Executive instructed Victor Sheriff, Alusine Bangura and Alex Kargbo, who took the party to court to withdraw the said matter, and settled it internally, but that they failed to do so, an action which the party senior officials considered to be a gross insubordination, thus resulting into their expulsion from the party.
The Sierra Leone Peoples Party mouth piece furthered intimated that his party was law abiding and would continue to run the affairs of the party, according to the Appeal Court verdict in the just concluded court matter, filed to the court by the then Plaintiff Appellants, Victor Sheriff, Alusine Bangura and Alex Kargbo including the Chairman and Leader of the party, Chief Sumanoh Kapen.
He pointed out that his party was putting in place concrete measures and strategies to rerun the thirty nine constituencies, as ordered by the Court of Appeal, stating that after conducting elections in the said thirty nine constituencies, the party would then fix a date for it national delegate conference, which would take place in eastern district town of Kenema.
Asked whether the party was not worried about losing members, Lahai Lawrence Leema responded that it was good to lose unfaithful members of the party, than to have them in the party, and added that their party was stronger than ever before, and that they are now poised to win the forthcoming presidential elections.
In his statement, Victor Sheriff who is one of the expelled members, told this medium that he did not recognized the current national executive of the party, and referred to their expulsion, as illegitimate.
He argued that the tenure of office for the current national executive of the party had long expired and that the national executive council meeting that mandate was not legally constituted.
Victor Sheriff furthered explained that he had given what he referred to as the so-called national executive seventy two hours to overturn their expulsion or else, he would hit back, adding that there are certain group of people within the party that cheated candidates that contested elections in the thirty nine constituencies.
He also intimated that he together with other responsible members of the party stood firm to fight for the rights of those that were cheated at that particular constituency elections, and that was why they took the party to court to set the record straight.
“The Sierra Leone Peoples Party will face serious political consequences, if they failed to overturn their so-called expulsion” Victor Sheriff threatened.
In conclusion, Victor Sheriff noted that he was well informed about the activities of the national executive, including all secret meetings, and he would hit back at the party this time round with a different strategy, if the national executive body fails to overturn their decision within seventy two hours.