March 23, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Presidential candidate for the Coalition for Change (C4C) will soon make public his position on whether to support one of the two oldest political parties or stay neutral ahead of the presidential run-off election scheduled for next Tuesday.
Alhaji Chief Samuel Sam-Sumana came a distant fourth in the presidential election conducted on March 7, taking away 3.5% of the total votes. The C4C also won eight parliamentary seats in his Kono district, as well as the Mayor of Koidu New Sembehun City Council and that of the District Council Chairman.
Rumours have been making the rounds that the former Vice President of Sierra Leone will pitch tent with the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) despite having being expelled by the party and controversially sacked as vice president in 2015.
He has reportedly held several meetings with senior officials of the APC and that of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) since the announcement of the presidential result by the National Electoral Commission.
In a telephone interview with Concord Times, his spokesperson, Lawrence Coker said the C4C presidential candidate would make his position public after consultations with his members and supporters.
“The Position of Sam-Sumana will be based on consultations with primarily his people; I mean those who voted for him and after that, he will make his official announcement. All I would say is his declaration is imminent,” he said.
Mr. Coker dismissed rumours that Chief Sam-Sumana has returned to the ruling APC. “The politics in Sierra Leone is largely infested with propaganda. Chief Sam-Sumana has always said ‘wait for my word,” he said.