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Gubernatorial aspirant in C. Equatoria withdraws his independent candidacy

January 29, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Alikaya Aligo Samson, a senior SPLM member and independent candidate for governor of Central Equatoria announced today the withdrawal of his candidacy.

Samson had contested the decision taken by the SPLM Political Bureau to select the incumbent governor Clement Wani Konga as the flag bearer in the run up for the Governorship of Central Equatoria State in the 2010 elections.

In a statement sent to Sudan Tribune, He said “I respect and abide by the decision of the political Bureau;” adding that he responsibly conceded to the SPLM ruling. However he maintained that the State Electoral College “deliberately crafted an unlevelled ground for the contesting candidates to be evaluated fairly.”

He said one of the transgressions made by Electoral College was the marking sheet, which he said was totally different from the questionnaire issued to applicants including him.

“We also questioned the rationale of why and how money was used as distinct criteria for judging members commitment and loyalty to the Party. And so on and so forth.”

However, Samson emphasized that building a credible party with a credible cadres requires that “we should rise above tribal, sectarian and personal interests.”

He further said that the struggle for democracy is much harder than the struggle for liberty. “It demands absolute political tolerance and ethical obligation as a prerequisite towards nations building.”

The official said extended his sincere thanks to all those who supported his candidacy including the over 5 000 SPLM members who endorsed his candidature across the State.

(ST)