The Bio-Yumkella combination … possible victory for SLPP
It is politically axiomatic that the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) cannot easily win presidential election in this country without a considerable quantity of North-Western votes even though the party is enjoying majority support in the South-Eastern region.
This makes it very necessary to float a very strong and very popular North-Westerner that can galvanize a large number of North-Western votes to top up the sure majority votes in the South-East. And since Yumkella is a pride of the North, being one of the most educated Northerners that has occupied one of the highest positions in the world, he has the charisma and qualification to attract the support of his fellow northerners.
Julius Maada Bio is undeniably very popular in the South-East as manifested in the 2012 polls. Therefore, he still has the political potency to gather a majority of the South-Eastern votes. Bio and Yumkella combined minus rigging will give higher chances of victory for the SLPP in 2018.
But the big question is who will end up leading the other, I mean who will be the flag bearer and who will be the running mates. That question will be answered by the SLPP delegates during the flag bearer election. If Bio becomes the flag bearer, let Yumkella become his running mate and if Yumkella becomes the flag bearer, let Bio become his running mate then the SLPP will have a perfect combination to bounce back to State House in 2018. One of these two people must accept defeat, swallow his pride and work with the other.
My observation is that for now, Bio and Yumkella are the two heaviest political weights in the SLPP and a combination of these two people is necessary for the SLPP.
Whether the SLPP believes it or not, lack of a formidable North-Western representation was one of the key factors that led to the downfall of the party in the 2007 and 2012 elections.
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