Some election observers in the just-ended Sierra Leonean election, are demanding an apology from that country’s losing party for accusing former Ghanaian leader John Mahama of spearheading an international conspiracy to effect a regime change.
Mr Mahama was accused by the All People’s Congress (APC) of influencing the elections in favour of opposition leader, Julius Maada Bio, who was sworn in as new president on Wednesday despite an ongoing challenge of the results by the ruling party’s candidate Samura Kamara, who alleges irregularities.
Speaking to Class news, an observer in the election, Simon Eyram Tsike-Sossah, questioned why Sierra Leoneans would want to smear the former president’s name despite his sacrifice to ensure a successful poll.
He explained that there was a video in circulation in which Mr Mahama went to Mr Bio’s home and someone requested that the meeting should be held behind closed doors, but “there wasn’t a follow up of the video to show what briefing they gave the press after that”, and the video does not show any conspiracy to rig elections.
He indicated that: “Sierra Leoneans are not happy about the development and feel sorry. The Director of Action Aid called and apologised and said: ‘This is not us, Sierra Leone. This is not what we will do…we have been helped more than once by Ghana and we don’t think that this is fair to you (Ghana) and we apologise’”.
He said for the greater Sierra Leone, this is just a last-minute desperate move by APC to hold on to power.
For him, if there was “anyone sent to rig an election, it would not be and should not be a former President of Ghana”.
He emphasised that the allegations were “unfair” and “as the dust settles in Sierra Leone, we will need a government spokesperson to apologise to Ghanaians over this, but that was false and that was not true”.