Concord Times (Freetown)

19 June 2012

Sierra Leone: Over Claims of False Declaration, APC May Scrutinize Usu Boie

Since the former flag- bearer candidate for the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party SLPP, Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara and his colleagues joined the ruling All Peoples Congress APC penultimate Saturday, there have been series of inciting statements against President Ernest Koroma and his administration, a development some political onlookers say may likely affect the chances of the APC in the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Report monitored within APC circle reveals that an awful statement made by some purported Boie's supporters against Sierra Leoneans needs to be investigated as some APC members are of the view that Boie's claim to have surrendered more than five hundred converts from the SLPP to the APC is false.

"The destiny of APC should not be mortgaged by selfish politicians and President Koroma has worked very hard to uphold the tenets of democracy with development as his utmost priority," one of the staunch APC members stated.

Boie's declaration two weeks ago at the APC secretariat was held with pomp and pageantry by APC members and supporters. Most cabinet ministers including President Koroma were in their full party colour to show solidarity and respect for Boie and his team who came out in their numbers to support the APC.

While addressing both his supporters and APC members, Boie stated that his participation in active politics was as a result of his concern for the welfare of the poor people of Sierra Leone and added that: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

One of his followers was alleged to have insulted a leading ethnic group in the country. The statement of Mohamed Mansaray aka Coachie against the Mende people did not only create problem for himself and Boie but the ruling government.

Series of radio programmes organized both in and out of Freetown clearly pointed to the fact that Mansaray's statement was unwarranted.

However the Western region secretariat of SLPP has reiterated in a press release that the defection of Boie and his team was stage-managed for financial gains and that most of those names that have been reportedly drafted on the APC list are still SLPP members.

"It is now evident that most of the people said to have gone over with Usu Boie were APC supporters , many others who were SLPP members did not even know that their names were included and some others who went to make mockery of Usu Boie have now surrendered their APC T-shirts to the SLPP party," the release stated.

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