HalifaA road accident that almost cost the life of Halifa Sallah, the presidential candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Organisation Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) must not raise alarm, the party assured. The Jappineh incident happened in Jappineh in Jarra as the car Mr. Sallah was riding hit a cow. Sallah, who sustained laceration in the left eye, said the accident had emboldened him to continue serving the people without fear or favour, affection or ill will. Halifa is currently touring the country, ahead of the December 2016 general election.

Below is a press statement issued by the PDOIS Secretariat on the incident:

A publication was made of the statement by Halifa Sallah on Sunday, 6 March, 2016 at the PDOIS rally in Fas Chaho, Upper Niumi, North Bank Region, that he came close to death but is alive and also came close to blindness but could now see very clearly. The statement further indicated that Mr. Sallah said this experience further emboldens him to continue serving the people without fear or favour affection or ill will.

Since then many people have reacted to the Foroyaa publication making it necessary to clarify the issue.

After the passing away of Mr. Ebrima Menkeh Barrow, the Sareh Ngai Ward Councillor in the Wuli West District of Upper River Region, a PDOIS delegation, including Mr. Halifa Sallah, went to the funeral to pay their last respects. On their way back at Jappeni in Jarra on 7 February 2016, the PDOIS vehicle hit a cow resulting in Mr. Sallah sustaining laceration in the left eye which has since undergone a successful operation.

PDOIS expresses its appreciation for the swift and massive solidarity shown since the publication from diverse sections of the population both at home and abroad.

Mr. Sallah has promised to continue to discharge his service to the people.

There is no cause for alarm.

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