Ahead of the August 11 polls and the spate of violence marring political campaigns, APC’s presidential aspirant, Ernest Bai Koroma, has cautioned Sierra Leoneans to be lawful and orderly in the course of the elections.
Speaking to journalists on Saturday at the APC headquarters in Freetown, he urged: “as leader I am duty bound to address all Sierra Leoneans to conduct themselves in a lawful and orderly manner in the whole course of the election process.”
Continuing he went on, “I know Sierra Leoneans are law abiding citizens and my appeal to you is to emphasize that we must uphold law and order,…respect each other irrespective of your party affiliation, religion, ethnic or regional affiliation.’’
The APC leader said what he expected from Sierra Leoneans was to refrain from committing any form of violence which would degrade the sanctity of life and dignity.
He appealed to every APC member and supporter to refrain from engaging in any act or expression that would constitute a breach of the peace.
Mr Koroma called on his supporters to be vigilant and watchful on election day and to ensure that the electoral process was transparent.
Dr Alpha Kanu, APC’s presidential spokesman, gave their party’s version of the alleged assassination attempt on the life of Ernest Bai Koroma in Bo recently.
He said their leader was in his room when he heard rattling outside his room as someone was trying to force his or her way inside.
“After some minutes, the state security with Mr Koroma requested him [the latter] to open the door as every thing was under control and was informed that Tom Nyuma had been arrested,” he stated.
The APC says it is surprising that the police moved swiftly to charge to court the defendants and leave the assassination attempt uninvestigated. “This is travesty of justice,” he said.