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VP expulsion not unprecedented

- Alpha Khan

March 13, 2015 By Matthew Jabby

Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, yesterday told newsmen during his ministry’s weekly press conference at Youyi building in Freetown that the expulsion of the Vice President from the All Peoples Congress was not unprecedented.

Kanu said every member is expected to abide by the rules and regulations of a given organisation, club and party they belong to, noting that the APC party has a constitution and that members are expected to abide by that constitution.

“The Vice President went contrary to the party’s constitution,” he remarked.

According to Minister Kanu, some party members had complained that the Vice President was involved in anti-party activities and that upon investigation by a committee, the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the party met and took the decision to expel him from the ruling party.

The Information Minister opined that the alleged fake educational background or religion do not matter much to them, but the VP’s anti-party activity as the latter was intent on “bringing disunity in the party”.

“The expulsion of the VP from the party is not negotiable,” he maintained.

He contended that because the VP Alhaji Sam-Sumana is no more a member of the APC, he should not continue in his post as “he is not a member of any political party in the country”, citing Section 41 of the 1991 Constitution.

However, lawyers have submitted that the above section only applies when a candidate is vying to become vice president and that once he is elected, he can only be removed by either Section 50 or 51, which relates to mental incapacity and misconduct, respectively.

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