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I have no favourite in Sierra Leone Elections-John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has dispelled social media stories and other worrying stories attributed to officials of the Sierra Leonean Government that seek to suggest that he hurriedly cut short his mission and left Freetown-Sierra Leone because of his support for one of the candidates in the just ended Presidential Run-off election.
Mr. Mahama was appointed as the Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the Sierra Leone and was expected to complete his mission and leave Sierra Leone by Monday April 02, 2018 per the Kenya Airways ticket bought and issued to him by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.
According to Mr. Mahama, following multiple issues that arose just when the tallying of the result from the run-off began, he was requested through a call from the Secretary General of The Commonwealth, Baroness Scotland, to stay one more day to work with other colleague Heads of International Observer Missions to resolve issues that had stalled the tallying process.
His departure was therefore delayed until Tuesday April 03, 2018.
In a statement issued on his official Facebook page, Mr. Mahama emphasized that just before his  departure from Freetown, he joined his colleague former Presidents, Amos Sawyer of Liberia, Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas at the Presidential Lodge to brief President Ernest Bai Koroma on their efforts in reaching an agreement between the political parties and the National Electoral Commission in order that the tallying process could proceed.

Former President John Dramani Mahama
“My departure from Freetown was not sudden and when I bid farewell to President Koroma I did not get any indication in word or deed that I was not wanted anymore in his country.
I was leaving because by my agreement with The Commonwealth my mandate as Head of Mission had ended. The Commonwealth technical team were also due to leave Freetown on April 03, 2018 but a cancellation of their Air France flight is keeping them there till Wednesday April 04, 2018.
International Observers have no capacity to change the will of the people, in any election. I, John Dramani Mahama, have no interest in who governs the people of Sierra Leone. The long nights, early mornings, long meetings, diplomatic shuttles were all aimed at helping Sierra Leone choose their leader freely, maintain the peace and consolidate their democracy”.
Let us all continue to join the good people of Sierra Leone in prayer”.
 
 
Bernard Brown /insidetema.com
 
 

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