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18th March 2018

Kandeh Yumkella or Maada Bio: Who is Holding the SLPP Party Hostage?

By a press release (24/04/17)

It is another major setback for the SLPP opposition party that has been in disarray since the 2012 results that returned the APC to power.

The battle to overturn the internal SLPP election results for 39 constituencies is a major goal set by Dr Kandeh Yumkella (pictured) who is among those seeking the party’s flag-bearer leadership to contest the March 2018 presidential elections under the auspices of SLPP. 

Reports say Yumkella has argued that those elections were not conducted fairly and they clearly favoured Maada Bio his bitter rival. So far they have not convinced the courts about their argument which could end up in the Supreme Court for constitutional interpretation.

In February this year, internal peace meetings were arranged and succeeded in bringing all the SLPP hierarchy together in an historic peace march through the city centre of Freetown. 

The Evergreen Committee was formed by non-aligned members. This committee, which neither supports Dr Kandeh Yumkella nor Julius Maada Bio, recommended to the National Electoral Commission to adopt the High Court ruling.

The court ruling that came about in February recommended that they should recognise the results as a way to consolidate peace. But this was reportedly rejected by Kandeh Yumkella. 

Mr. Banja Tejan-Sie, former SLPP National Secretary General has said the injunction was necessary to avoid SLPP members leaving the party en masse.

Courtesy: Popular Expression News website


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