Kandeh Yumkella or Madda Bio who should lead the SLPP?
Political analysts have averred that despite misconceptions among Sierra Leoneans about the most popular Presidential Flagbearer aspirants of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio (Bio), his close sympathizers still believe that the former army commander is the right man to take the party to State House come 2018 general election.
While other strong SLPP members are going with the perception that the former UNIDO Boss, Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (KKY) should have been the right Presidential candidate for the party when considering his international influence. But his quick withdrawal from the Presidential Flagbearer bid has sparked serious debate which prompted political analyst to question, if KKY is a true politician or Presidential material.
In the 2012 Presidential election, President Koroma defeated Brigadier Bio during the first rounds of the contest that exposed him to public mockery especially among the APC supporters but with all those embarrassment and confrontations, Bio remains committed in to the course of the party.
As a result of the struggle Brigadier Bio has gone through, his Paopa supporters have decided to stand firmly behind him to see that he becomes the next Presidential standard bearer of the party instead of the former energy revolutionist, Dr. Yumkella.
The celebrated Paopa supporters jubilated over Dr. Yumkella’s decision to continue his presidential ambition outside the SLPP to allow their Boss, Maada Bio achieve his dream of becoming next President of the Republic of Sierra Leone come March 7th 2018.
Furthermore, supporters of the Papopa faction have been warning KKY that SLPP is not a United Nations Garage where spare parts are parked for auction or otherwise. So let him go back and enjoy his lucrative job but he has no place in the SLPP in which his father was a prominent member before his demise.
The Paopa brigade have on several occasions snubbed KKY with the motive that he came from the United Nations and they labeled the late Ex-President Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah who also came from the UN to have allegedly betrayed the party despite the fact that he enjoyed power under its umbrella.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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