Ex-President Jonathan May Have Flown To Sierra Leone In Vain
So, former President Goodluck Jonathan has flown to Sierra Leone as part of observers of a run-off election scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 27.
But there is a new development that may make his journey futile.
The run-off election has been stopped by a court.
A Sierra Leone court in Freetown has granted a request by a member of the ruling party for an injunction to delay the presidential election run-off.
The party member, Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, filed for the injunction on Thursday, saying there is evidence of electoral fraud that needs to be investigated before the poll can go ahead.
No new date has been set.
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Jonathan, who is leading the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) Election Observation Mission, arrived Freetown on Friday.
Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, the spokesman to the former president, said Jonathan also led EISA to the first round of the elections on March 7.
In the elections, none of the candidates polled required 55% of votes to win at the first ballot.
EISA had declared the process of the March 7 general elections as peaceful and credible.
Opposition leader Julius Maada Bio, of the Sierra Leone People’s Party – briefly a former military junta leader – will be running against Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress, after neither of the two front-runners secured an outright majority in the first round.
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