Unity Party Chairman, Sen. Varney Sherman, believes the Supreme Court’s involvement in electoral-related disputes of the senatorial election in Grand Cape Mount County last December was a “Machination to keep him off the President Pro-Tempore election.”
Sherman was taken to court by rival candidate, Dr. Fodee Kromah, of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) after the December 2014 poll results did not favor the opposition candidate.
The High Court then placed a ‘Stay Order’ on the process and instructed the Elections Commission not to the certify Sherman and several others in a similar situation.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, the Grand Cape Mount County Senator for the first time spoke on the controversies between the High Court and NEC over the disputed election results.
According to him, the law suit against him was more about keeping his potential candidacy away from the political process on Capitol Hill than a legal matter.
Though Sherman declined to name the plotters behind his political obstructions, he could neither dismiss nor name his party’s flag bearer, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, of being the mastermind.
Asked who was behind his allegation, the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Chairman responded with another question: “How could I have known that?”
He noted that seeing him as a political heavy weight, his opponents felt his presence in the process could have caused some damages to other candidates.
“I don’t know whether the President was the one behind this or not, but I’m the chairman of the party and if there should be anything, I think the President should have supported me.”
“Did the President support you?” Daily Observer asked. “The President didn’t have to go campaigning for me because I didn’t invite her.
“The President cannot speak Vai, Mende or Gola. So why would she go campaigning for me in Grand Cape Mount.
“I was comfortable with the campaign over there; so I didn’t need the President to visit the region. Maybe because I didn’t invite her, that’s why she didn’t go there. I was comfortable,” Cllr. Sherman said confidently.
Said Sherman, “Pray tell me, if the President were to have gone to Cape Mount, what would she have contributed? As I said, she doesn’t speak the local languages, so what would she have told the people?”
He acknowledged Vice President Joseph N. Boakai’s visit to the county on his campaign trail, but said he did not invite him either. However, the Veep participated in the campaign.