Sam Sumana To Declare For APC

 

Sacked erstwhile Vice President in the former Koroma administration, Chief Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana is reportedly expected to return to the All People’s Congress (APC) which his father, PC Sam Sumana, late President Siaka Probyn Stevens and other stalwarts formed in 1960.

It could be recalled that in 2015, former Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana was expelled from the APC by the National Advisory Committee (NAC), the second highest body in the party, for alleged anti-party activities and was eventually relieved of his duty by former President Ernest Bai Koroma.

The decision to sack Sam Sumana from office was challenged in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone which in its judgment stated that the 1991 Constitution gave the President the right to relieve his Vice of his/her duties, citing the “Supreme Executive Power.”

Having lost his case in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone, the sacked Vice President took the matter to the ECOWAS Court in Abuja, Nigeria on human rights grounds and the court judged the matter in his favour and ordered the Government of Sierra Leone to pay damages over US$2million. Until the March, 2018 national elections, the erstwhile Koroma administration never honoured the judgment.

“Chief Sam Sumana is definitely returning to his political roots,” a very reliable APC source told this medium, adding, “It is only a matter of time before he announces it to the nation.”

Talks of Chief Sam Sumana returning to APC have been reportedly widely speculated after he led a large delegation of his ethnic people from Kono district to pay a surprising visit to the APC National Chairman and Leader, former President Koroma in his hometown, Makeni where he is in retirement.

During the meeting, Chief Sumana was reported to have sounded very apologetic, stating that he owes his present status to the APC National Chairman and Leader who, he said, elevated him from a trader to a high-profile politician that ultimately occupied the second highest office of the realm.

The former sacked Vice President also reportedly stressed that they are in-laws to former President Koroma who, he said, is married to their sister, Sia Nyama Koroma, noting that the people of Bombali and Kono districts are one.

It could be recalled that during the keenly contested March, 2018 presidential runoff election, Chief Sam Sumana, who had formed a new political party – Coalition for Change (C4C), refrained from telling his people which of the two presidential candidates from the APC and the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) they should vote for despite rumours were doing the rounds that he had been prevailed upon by the APC leadership to talk to his people to vote APC.

Whilst Chief Sumana’s fence mending with Ernest and APC would have felt good for the party, the gesture did not go down well with C4C that has since made a statement asking him to decide where he wants to belong.

It could be further recalled that when he went to Kono to present C4C elected MPs and Councillors to his people, he reportedly stated that he was willing to work with anybody or any party, as long as it was in the interest of developing Sierra Leone.

Many people therefore surmised that with his overwhelming home support, coupled with APC’s huge national constituency, Chief Sam Sumana in APC has greater chances of achieving his ultimate political ambition of leading the country.

However, there are those who maintain that even if Chief Sumana makes the lifetime decision to return to APC, with the party poised to amend its constitution to use election instead of selection, he would find it very difficult to be elected as the party’s 2023 presidential flag-bearer as, according to them, he has very popular APC personalities to contend with. These include the party’s 2018 presidential flag-bearer, Dr. Samura Kamara and other popular aspirants for the position such as Joseph Fitzgerald Koroma, Alimamy Philip Koroma aka Petito, John Bonor Sisay, Dr. Kaifala Marah, among others.