APC To Fire Back -Preparing A 10-Point Resolution

 

With regards, last week’s High Court ruling against ten All People’s Congress (APC) Members of Parliament, the party’s Secretary General, Amb. Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh has said that they are preparing a Ten-Point resolution for the attention of the International Community in protest against the verdicts.

The Secretary General of the now minority APC made the statement whilst reacting angrily to the election petition rulings handed down last week by Justice Komba Kamanda and Justice Momohjah Steven against ten APC elected Members of Parliament that have forfeited their parliamentary seats to their Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) petitioners.

Tersely, the APC Secretary General commented that the rulings against the former MPs were “a travesty of justice” to after one year un-seat the ten affected APC MPs.

Ambassador Yansaneh lamented that due process was not followed, stating that if the petitioners had any issue with their APC opponents, they should have after the nominations raised objection with the National Elections Commission (NEC) district returning officer. If the objection is not upheld, he said, the next step is for the petitioner to forward his/her case to the NEC National Returning Officer. Only after which the petitioner can take the matter to court. However, according to him, the SLPP petitioners waited until after the election and took the matter to court.

“We too (APC) petitioned 32 SLPP MPs, asking for injunctions against them” the APC Secretary General said. However, he moaned that whilst the 16 APC MPs that were petitioned had injunctions slammed on them, it never happened for the 32 petitioned SLPP MPs.

The court’s decision, he said, has deprived the people of their choices. As such, Ambassador Yansaneh said stoutly, “We are going to protest. We are going to challenge the decision; this goes against the people’s choice. We are going to make sure we do not accept the decision; one person uses his pen to remove somebody who was voted for…”

Meanwhile, lead counsel representing the ten dismissed APC MPs, Africanus Sullay Sesay has said they are in the process of filing a writ with the Supreme Court asking for a review of the High Court judgments. “It is an aberration of the Constitution and Common Law practice,” he fumed.

On the other side of the case, the lead SLPP lawyer Mewa has said that they have issues with two of the petitions that went in favor of APC MPs. “If we want to, we can still appeal,” he said.

He dismissed talks that the High Court judgment was politically motivated; stating that the Judiciary is independent, that they are not politicians, and that they won the ten petitions because the SLPP legal team did what he called good work. He advised his APC counterparts that the only way to contest judicial decisions is to appeal in a court of law.

One of the APC MPs who lost his defense, Sirajin Rollins Kamara said his feeling about the judgment against him was multidimensional. On the one hand, he said, he felt bad and on the other good because he now has the freedom to be loose cannon. ‘I am not surprised at Justice Kamanda’s nonsense ruling,” he blasted.

Meanwhile, on that same Friday that the High Court handed down the verdicts against the ten dismissed APC MPs, APC leader in Parliament, Hon. Chernoh Bah and the other four APC MPs that emerged unscathed from their petitions decided to stroll from the court to their party headquarters singing the party’s victory song when the police obstructed them.