January 8, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Former Vice President and presidential aspirant for the Coalition 4 Change (C4C) yesterday said he has the strength of character to challenge the ruling all Peoples Congress APC after his controversial removal from office as vice president by President Ernest Bai Koroma in 2015, but instead decided to fight by legal means so that peace and tranquility would prevail in the country.
Alhaji Samuel Sidique Sam-Sumana, while addressing journalists at his party headquarters on Main Motor Road, Congo Cross in Freetown, said he did not mobilise people to protest against the wrongful decision but rather went to court to seek justice.
He accused his former party – APC – of undermining democracy in the country as they have no respect for the constitution, adding that he has returned to inspire change through the newly formed C4C political party.
‘‘I am asking every Sierra Leonean to join this wind of change and I am sure this is the time Sierra Leoneans will have quality leadership. We should now do away with tribalism, regionalism and work for poor people and the development of Sierra Leone,” he said.
Chief Sam-Sumana returned to the country for the first time yesterday after his victory in the ECOWAS Court against the government of Sierra Leone.
He travelled from his temporary home in Accra, Ghana, last year to register for the elections scheduled for March 7 this year.
Ahead of his arrival last year, his lawyer Dr. Raymond A. Atugba, had written to President Ernest Bai Koroma and copied West African heads of state, seeking guarantee for the safety and security of his client.
Sam-Sumana was born April 7, 1962 in the eastern district of Kono. He contested as running mate to President Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People’s Congress (APC) in both the 2007 and 2012 presidential elections.
However, President Koroma controversially sacked Vice President Sam-Sumana in March 2015, at the height of the Ebola crisis, ostensibly on the grounds that he had abandoned his position and sought asylum in the United States Embassy in Freetown, falsifying his religion and engaging in anti-party activities. He was not given time to appeal his dismissal in the party – a key reason for his sacking as vice president – which according to the ECOWAS Court was a gross violation of his right and abuse of process by the president.