Hope triumphs over fear as Yumkella and Alliance trump Bio

From our correspondent in Freetown

22 June 2016

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As results of the Sierra Leone People’s Party lower level elections held on Saturday 18 June 2016 emerge, the Sierra Leone People’s Party membership has demonstrated a desire for hope over fear.

Initial results from these elections show that nominees are supportive of Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella’s candidacy for the SLPP presidential nomination.

From the results analysed so far, Yumkella has secured 59 percent of constituencies in the country. KKY supporting candidates have won constituencies in the following districts:

Western Urban District- 30% of constituencies; Port Loko District – 80%; Bombali District – 50%; Kambia District – 90%; Koinadugu District – 100%; Kenema District – 70%; Kono District – 85%; Kailahun District – 0%; Pujehun District – 30%; Moyamba District – 50%.

Bo District is yet to be declared, due to the campaign of violence allegedly orchestrated by supporters of Julius Maada Bio.kandeh yumkella However, Dr. Yumkella is believed to have won 60% of the constituencies that conducted a free and fair poll.

Tonkolili, Bonthe and the Western Rural districts are yet to be confirmed. Despite the skirmishes, which occurred, Yumkella hopes to do very well in Bonthe District where he has the staunch support of the District Council Chairlady.

Despite the claim by Julius Maada Bio that he will defeat John Oponjo Benjamin in his home town, reports emerging show that Benjamin has secured all the constituencies in Kailahun District.

Munda Rogers is believed to have secured 70% of the constituencies in his home district of Pujehun.  Given the level of violence directed towards other candidates, who have not been able to gain the same access to the party offices and to campaign unhindered, it is no surprise that Bio is said to have secured 70% of constituencies in the Western Urban Area.  Outside of Western Area, Bio is understood to have secured 50% of constituencies in Moyamba District.

The outcome of these elections would be greeted with relief that the party can now begin to put behind it, the unnecessary legal actions and meetings with the Party Political Registration Commission (PPRC), chaos caused by the hijacking of the party offices by so called “Benghazi Boys” and weak leadership, due to the continuing undermining of the office of the Chairman and National Executive.

John-Benjamin-SLPPYumkella who attributed his success as a win for the All flag-bearer Alliance and their efforts towards getting the party membership across the country ready for positive change, within the party and country, said that “it is not possible for our Alliance to be defeated in the Western Area where we are all resident and stronger.  Bio’s supporters might defeat my movement, but he cannot defeat Timbo, Benjamin and me, plus others in the Alliance joined together.” (Photo: John Benjamin).

These unofficial results show that Yumkella has emerged as the hot favourite to win the SLPP nomination.

And it demonstrates that party members are fed up of the violent actions of the ‘Paopa faction’ which has left the party completely ineffective in addressing the aspirations of the people of Sierra Leone, in spite of the continuing economic decline and mismanagement under the APC.

The need for unity was foremost in Yumkella’s mind when he said that “this is the time we need to talk more about how the APC has wrecked our economy, and let the people know how men in government are getting richer by the day, while the people go to bed hungry with their children who have been denied quality education.”

Many supporters believe that Bio who is resident in Sierra Leone, cannot now realistically hope to retain a stranglehold on the SLPP, through violence, indiscipline, thuggish behaviour and flouting of the party’s constitutional and governance arrangements.

4 Comments

  1. Sahr Sinneh.

    This is what I read from the very article, “Hope triumphs over fear as Yumkella and Alliance trump Bio,” which you are now looking at:

    “From the results analysed so far, Yumkella has secured 59 percent of constituencies in the country. KKY supporting candidates have won constituencies in the following districts:

    Western Urban District- 30% of constituencies; Port Loko District – 80%; Bombali District – 50%; Kambia District – 90%; Koinadugu District – 100%; Kenema District – 70%; Kono District – 85%; Kailahun District – 0%; Pujehun District – 30%; Moyamba District – 50%.

    Bo District is yet to be declared, due to the campaign of violence allegedly orchestrated by supporters of Julius Maada Bio. However, Dr. Yumkella is believed to have won 60% of the constituencies that conducted a free and fair poll.

    Tonkolili, Bonthe and the Western Rural districts are yet to be confirmed. Despite the skirmishes, which occurred, Yumkella hopes to do very well in Bonthe District where he has the staunch support of the District Council.”

    I know for a fact that Chief Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Yumkella is not the only member of the Alliance of All Aspirants (AAA). It includes, among other political candidates, Ambassador Alhaji Umaru Bundu Wurie from Gbinti, Dibia Chiefdom, Port Loko District.

    The political support is all inclusive of members of the alliance, including Dr. Yumkella.

    By all indications, Chief Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Yumkella is trustworthy, honest and corrupt free. He has an impeccable or squeaky clean record both nationally and internationally. Of course, he is a fine and tremendous candidate. And he will NOT soil himself because of politics. No way!

    I ask that you support him to lead Sierra Leone out of the cultural decadence and hurtful political miseries that have thwarted the development of The Land That We Love. Amen.

  2. “3. What happened that Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Yumkella was able to secure 70% of the votes in your hometown,
    Kenema District? Any explanation to this very wonderful and amazing result?

    Let me know, and go from there. Amen.”-Mustache Moustache

    Mustache, what is the source of your information?
    Is Kandeh Yumkella the sole member of AAA or is he the head of the AAA? Do you want to state that the people who won in Kenema and other areas were nominated and supported by Kandeh Yumkella and not the AAA? I might be wrong if you have information contrary to this fact.

    It will not be easy for Kandeh to buy out all AAA members even if he takes out the Lump Sum from his UN Pension, which I am sure he will not do considering what the implications will be if he does not win the flag bearer of the SLPP.

    As they say ” your first mistake cannot be classed as a fooled but another will be classed 100% as stupidity”; and many of us who were thrown into the abyss after September 2007, will not seat down again for such mistakes to be repeated. It is either Bio or Foh. Period

  3. Gbessay Ehlogima Sam Momoh,

    Do you truly have a house to live in Sierra Leone? Why call the house that Late President Tejan Kabbah built in Pendembu, Kailahun District a “kitchen?” Are you serious?

    I don’t know you for such a lose talk. Please, for God sake STOP it and behave yourself. Amen.

  4. Gbessay Ehlogima Sam Momoh,

    If Siaka Stevens and Tejan Kabbah were neither from Southern Moyamba nor Eastern Pendembu, Kailahun, respectively then where were they from in Sierra Leone?

    Please let me know the TRUTH.

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