‘We will chase them out!’
February 14, 2014 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Former Secretary-General of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Jacob Jusu Saffa, who is known by the nom de guerre ‘J.J. Blood’, has issued a stern warning to the President Koroma administration not to hold on to power beyond the stipulated date as mandated in the 1991 Constitution and the electoral laws of the country, noting that any plot for postponement of the elections until 2020 would not be in the interest of the democratic process the country has enjoyed for the past two decades.
Saffa said unequivocally that any attempt by the government will be resisted by Sierra Leoneans, adding that the SLPP members have been following the debate for an extension of term of the presidency and also the 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections with keen interest.
He opined that the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) was employing the tactic of floating the debate to gauge the mood of Sierra Leoneans with regard the touted third term bid of President Koroma.
“We will chase them, Sierra Leoneans will not allow themselves to be ruled by this administration for another term or extend their mandate for even a day,” Saffa said. “We are not ready to settle for that, we believe if Ernest Koroma has performed well for the people of Sierra Leone, there is no need for him to ask for an extension of two years.”
He recalled that the debate as to whether President Koroma should be given another term started as a political slogan ‘After You Na U’, and that because Sierra Leoneans voiced their dislike for it, the pioneers have now embarked on the extension of his term by two years.
“We are not ready for that,” the erstwhile university lecturer fumed. “This government has failed the people; I think this is the time for the SLPP to take over the mantle of leadership through the ballot box by 2018. History has told us that only the SLPP has the capacity to rule this country without any blemish. We brought in democratic governance, we reinstalled peace and stability in the country, we promoted quality and affordable education, we created jobs for the youths, and we provided good healthcare facility for women, children and the aged. When the APC came into governance, they changed the entire legacy left behind by the SLPP and now our people are suffering.”
He further noted that efforts must be made to ensure that democratic institutions operate effectively, as according to him, the manner in which a good number of democratic institutions are being managed by the current administration has been abysmal.
When contacted for his comments on the matter, APC deputy Publicity Secretary, Robin Fallay, a key proponent of a third term for the president, refused to comment on the grounds that “it is a government matter”.