Rumours about the return of former disgraced Vice President of Sierra Leone Alhaji Chief Sam Sumana to the ruling All People Congress (APC) came up in the build up to the presidential run-off elections on 31 March 2018.
In fact, the Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Alpha Khanu went on national Television to publicly apologize to Sam Sumana on behalf of the rank and file of the party, rescinding the decision of the part to expel him as he is a son of the party.
Just yesterday, Friday 4 January both the former President, Ernest Bai Koroma who is the chair of the main opposition APC and the former Vice President Sam Sumana met for the first time at Koroma’s resident in Makeni ever since Koroma unlawfully removed Sam Sumana from Office in 2014.
The monumental peace overture between the once political friends turned foes has actually shaken the ruling Sierra Leone People Party (SLPP) Government of President Bio because Alhaji Sam Sumana is an iconic politician in the swing district of Kono especially when reports from Makeni suggest among other things discussed in the peace meeting was for Sam Sumana to lead the APC in 2023.
It is believed that if Sam Sumana becomes the Flagbearer of the APC in 2023, many things will happen including taking the swing district of Kono and cause massive setback for President Bio’s chances of winning his second and final term.
Depending on who you talk to, many people have been giving their opinions with some stating that the decision to make peace with his former boss is a sign of Sumana’s statesmanship while others have been lampooning him (Sumana).