The leader of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) Charles Francis Margai has said in Kenema that President Tejan Kabbah was joking by talking about imposing a State of Emergency.
Mr. Margai who made this statement while addressing a crowd of supporters in Kenema town during a run off campaign tour with his alliance partner Ernest Bai Koroma of the All Peoples Congress (APC) said furtherMr Margai noted that as far as he was concerned President Tejan Kabbah was joking by talking about imposing a State of Emergency.
“We will ignore his State of Emergency. Kabbah or no Kabbah the people will vote on September 8th”.We will ignore his State of Emergency. Kabbah or no Kabbah the people will vote on September 8th, he said defiantly.
The PMDC leader maintained that the APC and PMDC had the power to control any attack in this country. The PMDC leader disclosed that the APC and SLPP had the power to control any attack in this country.
He explained that, “the main reason for the APC and PMDC alliance is to wage war on tribalism, poverty and corruption. My decision to join the APC is in the nation’s interest.”
He stated that, the main reason for the APC and PMDC alliance is to wage war on tribalism, poverty and corruption. My decision to join the APC is in the nation’s interest. For his part the APC leader, Ernest Bai Koroma, thanked his supporters for the turnout, saying it was a clear manifestation of them winning the Presidency.
He explained that, “the PMDC’s decision is not for ourselves (the leaders) alone but to join forces to restore peace and unity in the country”.
Mr. Koroma maintained that, “it is unfortunate for the SLPP to go out and preach tribalism, because there would be no place for tribalism in this nation when the APC takes over power”.
He admitted that the APC did make some mistakes in the past while in power but apologized for those past actions, promising “the APC this time will lead Sierra Leone in the right direction.”
The APC leader said, “the PMDC and APC alliance is to kick tribalism, corruption and poverty out of Sierra Leone. Voting for the SLPP will be the biggest mistake a Sierra Leonean can make at this point in the country’s history” he shouted.
Earlier the PMDC’s regional chairman who chaired the occasion, Chief Benson Mohamed Suwu, stressed that, “the main reason for the PMDC leader to align with the APC is to cement the relationship between the north and south/eastern region”, adding that he would be the last person to go to the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP). “I am with my leader Charles Francis Margai whatever he says I am with him,” he concluded.
Meanwhile at a Press briefing in Freetown the APC spokesman Alpha Kanu alleged, “in Segbwema in the Kailahun District, the Presidential candidate of APC Ernest Bai Koroma’s convoy while on the campaign trail was violently attacked.”
He disclosed that the convoy was forced to retreat and the leader has diverted his campaign from Kailahun to another place.
Spokesman Kanu opined that all of these acts of violence or threats of violence are being orchestrated (allegedly) by the SLPP to create an impression of instability and chaos in the run up to the run-off elections on 8th September 2007.
Alpha Kanu maintained, “we will continue to resist these repeated proactive violent attacks by the SLPP,” adding that his party empathises with Sierra Leonean especially looking back at the country’s recent violent past.