March 21, 2018 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
Presidential candidate for the Citizen’s Democratic Party (CDP) yesterday slammed the sudden U-turn of some members of his party, the Peace and Liberation Party and People’s Democratic Party to support Dr. Samura Kamara of the All People’s Congress in the run-off election.
In a telephone interview on Radio Democracy 98.1 FM ‘Gud morning Salone programme’, Alhaji Musa Tarawally claimed that the coalition parties have been used by President Ernest Bai Koroma for a cheap sum of US$10,000 to support his choice as against the SLPP presidential candidate, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, whom they had earlier endorsed after consultation with stakeholders and their members across the country.
During a presser hosted at Miatta Conference hall in Freetown, members of the coalition collectively declared their unequivocal support for the APC presidential candidate.
“I have never betrayed my country. It is rather unfortunate for people to be used for $10,000 and I have a witness to that effect. They were invited and asked to endorse Dr. Samura Kamara,” Alhaji Tarawally said.
He stated that he provided money for leaders of the coalition to consult with stakeholders and members of the various parties across the country, adding that after the consultations they came back and told him to endorse the SLPP presidential candidate for next Tuesday’s presidential run-off election.
As to whether he has the support of coalition members, the former Minister of Lands, Country Planning and Environment under the APC government said: “I have the total support of executives and members of the coalition parties. They will be in Bo on Thursday to endorse Maada Bio publicly.”
He said his decision to support Bio was in the interest of national development, adding that people should not be intimidated for their choice of candidate in election.
He opined that although Dr. Samura Kamara has served in successive governments as Financial Secretary, Minister of Finance and Governor of Bank of Sierra Leone, the economy has spiraled down while poverty increases.
While stressing that he would not encourage anything that would militate against development in Sierra Leone, Tarawally added that the ruling party was jittery about his declaration for Bio.
He accused President Koroma of dividing the country as well as setting institutions apart.
“What the president has done is tainted; I cannot be distracted by him. We cannot allow a leader whose days are numbered to become a tyrant in imposing his own opinion on the nation,” he said.