Sierra Leones Vice president Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana has being formally expelled from the ruling All Peoples Congress Party on the 6th March 2015.This comes at a time when the vice president is on a voluntary quarantine following the death of one of his body guards. His expulsion comes after hours of deliberation by the National Advisory Council of the All People’s Congress and a subsequent press conference at the party’s headquarters in Freetown.
The meeting was attended by party stalwarts including, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo special adviser to the president and Ambassador Osman Yansaneh, Secretary General of the APC party (representing the president who was in Brussels on other engagements).
Reasons put forward for this decision include : In accordance with Article 8 of the 1995 Constitution of the party for anti-party activity, fermenting violence, deceit, false statement amounting to fraud, inciting hate, threatening the personal security of key party functionaries, flouting of rules and decisions of the party.
While speaking with the press, Ambassador Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh National Secretary General of the party stated that the party’s National Advisory Council has also found out that the expelled vice president faked his University degree, and also his religion. According to the party, he claims to be a Muslim when he is a Christian.
This is no surprise to the people of Sierra Leone as this major crack had been eminent even before the 2012 elections. Reports at that time indicate that the president was searching for someone of kono descent to replace Sam Sumana as running mate to president Koroma. It is important to note that the vice president had been cut off the political scene thus diminishing his powers considerably
In accordance with the 1991 constitution of Sierra Sam Sumana is still the vice president, and cannot be summarily stripped from his vice presidency, except parliament passes an impeachment vote, based on a motion tabled by the ruling APC party.