Vice President Alhaji Abubakarr Sidique Sam-Sumana has described allegations against him contained in a last Friday ruling by his party’s National Advisory Council (NAC) to expel him from the All Peoples Congress (APC) as false and deliberately propagated by his detractors “to widen the wedge between me and my boss”.
Speaking from his quarantine yesterday morning following the death of one his bodyguards to Ebola, the vice president told the ‘Good Morning Salone’ programme on Radio Democracy FM 98.1 that he was investigated by a panel for an allegation made against him by the Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Karamoh Kabba, of a plot to kill him, stating that he was yet to receive any letter concerning the recent decision taken by NAC to expel him from the party.
“Indeed the President, as Chairman and Leader of the party, instituted an investigation panel but the report that came out was based on my educational merit, religion, violence and anti-party activities,” explained VP Sam-Sumana. “The issue about education is that I don’t have a Master’s degree, which according to them, I said I had obtained… But during the 2007 and 2012 general elections when the President graciously appointed me as his running-mate, on both occasions I said I have a Bachelor’s degree, which was clearly written on my nomination forms.
“There is nothing like a Master’s degree as being purported. I want the general public to know that all allegations against me are completely wrong and baseless. I attended the Alma Metropolitan State University in Minnesota and I am one of the notable alumni of that university.”
According to the VP, there are people within the party that are bent on creating problems between him and the president “at such a critical time like this when we are fighting the Ebola”.
Alhaji Sam-Sumana reiterated his loyalty to the party and his boss the president. “I was born APC, and will die APC. To say I am forming a new political party is a complete fabrication,” he said.
Meanwhile, the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has registered its concern over what it referred to as the “ugly and unprecedented political drama” in the governing APC party as evidenced in the latter’s Friday, March 6 press conference where the decision to expel the vice president was announced.
“The SLPP is concerned that this action has the unnerving potential of rolling back the democratic gains this nation has scored since the end of the civil war in 2002,” it said.