The man whose name featured prominently during Saturday’s fracas between militants of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and the All People’s Congress (APC) has spoken to Awoko in an exclusive.
Foday ‘Government Wharf’, aka Ofoh, as he gave his name stands accused by supporters of the SLPP of running a gang of APC thugs at Government Wharf and of also terrorizing SLPP supporters who frequent that route.
All these claims were denied by Ofoh and the youth at the wharf.
Foday explained that, “I am not running a gang and we have never had the intention of terrorizing anybody. But the only person after me is the SLPP publicity secretary, Victor Reider. In the 2002 elections he met me and asked me to join the SLPP, promising to give me ten million Leones but I refused telling him that I was not known for belonging to two parties. I even explained to him that I also supported one club and that was Mighty Blackpool for which I was the fan club chairman in 1992 until I was arrested by the NPRC government on allegations that I escaped with S.I.M Turay. Since then I have been a quiet man’’.
Continuing he explained: “Since that time I have not been in good terms with Victor Reider. And on one occasion he came to the wharf to have a meeting by 5 pm and I left the area by 4 pm and went to my APC party office .I left instructions that he should be welcomed and that happened.’’
Foday stated that when the SLPP’s presidential aspirant, Solomon Berewa, visited Government Wharf to hold a meeting, his wife and one of his daughters Alabama assisted in the cooking of food for supporters.
“My wife is SLPP, she has her membership card issued by ‘Solo B’ and she has on several occasions went to their meetings without cooking for me, but I was not annoyed and at times we even joked telling each other that we would win,’’ he disclosed.
About Saturday’s rumpus, he said he was at the APC office when he received a distress call that SLPP men had attacked his house.
“I did not come directly but went to the Central Police Station where I met inspector Max Kanu who advised me to wait till the situation cool down. When I finally reached my place I met officers deployed there but I went back to my party office to sleep. I was there on Friday and Saturday when the APC leader Ernest Bai Koroma told me to go home. There were security officers guarding the area but I went to Rotifunk where my wife called and informed me of an attack by the SLPP on Saturday morning,” he revealed.
Continuing he went on, “my wife informed me that the attackers were holding swords, knives, daggers and I was told also of how some people at the wharf were wounded. My wife told me that the attackers were demanding my head.’’
Foday said the lives of his family and the people of Government Wharf were now in constant danger.
‘“Is it a crime for me to belong to the APC?’ He asked