19th February 2018
SLPP, NGC, CDP Fear APC Government's Friday Violence is Tip of the Iceberg!
By press releases (30/01/18)
Opposition political parties are disgusted that the corrupt APC party machinated the bloody rally that resulted to one death last Friday.
Dubbed 'Bloody Friday Violence', the ruling APC government's chaotic rally has been roundly condemned by every political stakeholder in and outside the country.
It is even frightening that the much anticipated March 7, 2018 general elections would not be conducted freely, fairly and peacefully. (Photo: Bloody APC supporter).
Other political parties had their own nomination rallies in the country without any violent incidents. All their rallies went well as supporters conducted themselves peacefully unlike the supporters of the ruling APC government of president Ernest Bai Koroma who fought against themselves ending in deaths and injuries.
Observers fear this violent APC rally is just the tip of the iceberg that is awaiting unsuspecting Sierra Leone electorates come March 7. Below are some of the press releases issued by political parties in Sierra Leone condemning the dirty trciks of the APC:
SLPP Leader Maada Bio Shamed APC for Political Violence
SLPP Presidential Candidate, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio has shamed APC for political violence on Friday 26th January during its nomination in Freetown.
Addressing thousands of supporters and party members in Koidu on Saturday, 27th January 2018, the SLPP Presidential Candidate referred to the incident as a sad chapter and warned APC that nobody will bring violence in the coming elections. Bio also used the occasion to send a message for the military, police and other security agencies.
Watch the short video clip below of Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio’s address in Koindu on Saturday 27th January shaming APC for political violence.
Courtesy: SLPP Media, Information and Communications Committee
NGC Party Blasts the APC Government for the Bloody Friday Chaos
The national Grand Coalition (NGC) is appalled by the violence unleashed on the residents of Freetown yesterday by members and supporters of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) under the guise of celebrating the nomination of their presidential and parliamentary candidates.
Eye witness reports indicate that there was widespread intimidation of traders and other Freetownians, robberies, etc and there are unconfirmed reports of several people being stabbed, resulting in a number of deaths.
While the NGC is disturbed by this turn of events, it is not surprised because it knows the APC is still stuck in the politics of the past and is incapable of freeing itself from these kinds of practices. There are indications that many of the youths who took to the streets yesterday were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, something that has characterised APC activities over the years.
It is instructive that even though large crowds of party supporters were out on the streets on Saturday when the NGC nominated its presidential and parliamentary candidates, there were no reports of violence or lawlessness and the people of Freetown were able to carry on their normal activities. However, yesterday, when it was the turn of the APC to go through this exercise, all hell was let loose on residents of Freetown and businesses in the Central Business District had to shut down. There were even reports of attempts being made by some APC supporters to break into the UBA bank branch at St. John and the police had to fire tear gas to disperse the unruly crowd.
The leadership of the NGC calls on members and supporters of the APC to desist from the acts of lawlessness that were exhibited on the streets of Freetown yesterday and to generally comport themselves in a manner that will ensure peace and tranquillity at all times.
Meanwhile the NGC wishes to commend the police for a job well done, for without their interventions, the lawlessness of the APC would have manifested itself in even more dastardly ways. The NGC also calls on the Sierra Leone Police to speedily investigate the incidents of violence and bring the perpetrators to book.
The NGC expresses its heartfelt sympathy to all those who were caught up in the violence, were injured, or lost loved ones as a result of what transpired. We pray that you will be quickly healed physically and emotionally.
What happened yesterday is a clear indication that the APC is incapable of changing the way it has been used to doing things over the years and therefore cannot bring about the change the people of this country seek. It is time to consign this decadent political party, along with its policies and practices, to the dustbin of history and the NGC is confident the people of Sierra Leone will do just that on March 7 when they go to the polls.
Dr. Julius Spencer
NGC Campaign Spokesman
CDP Leader Musa Tarawally Condemns APC's Bloody Violence
The CDP party has rebuffed allegations accusing the CDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Musa Tarawally of indrectly responsible for the Friday January 26th 2018 chaos during the APC nomination rally.
Musa Tarawally swiftly debunked the allegations linking him or his politics to the violence. Rather, he accused that the said "Sheik" was a strong member of the APC. He has called for all politicians to stop blaming other politicians for their own mistakes and added that the youths should not be trampled upon for selfish gains.
Many youths had been led by Dr. Samura Kamara of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party, as he rallied them in large numbers through Freetown to mark his successful nomination as the APC presidential candidate.
Suddenly fighting broke out amongst a set of these rallying youths dressed in their APC party colours along Campbell Street and Macdonald Street as well as the Congo Market and St. John areas.
At least one person was killed and several wounded with damage to property and loss of business as well during the rampage by the youths who were holding machete cutlasses, huge stones, knives and sticks. They set fire along the streets blocking rival factions from moving. Innocent citizens were also blocked.
APC supporters had initially accused that Musa Tarawally, through one Muslim leader known as "Sheik" was responsible for the violence. This, they alleged was because Tarawally's campaign has so far been embraced by some religious leaders who admire his call for the Nation to go back to God.