Sierra Leone News: KKY to Quit SLPP

By Stephen V. Lansana

standard bearer aspirant of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s party, Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella

The erstwhile standard bearer aspirant of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s party, Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella may announce his exit from the party this week, a trusted Party source told Premier News on Monday.

According to reliable sources, Yumkella will quit the party because he is dissatisfied over the manner in which the party’s lower level elections were held across the country and the manner in which the party executive has been biased towards ensuring that Julius Maada Bio emerges as the standard bearer of the party. His announcement is reportedly scheduled for this week.

The news of his planned resignation comes as the party prepares for the National Delegates Conference which will be held from September 15–17, where the standard bearer and members of the party executive will be elected.

Dr. Yumkella had in July announced that he had suspended his bid for standard bearer of the party and declared his intention to contest the 2018 presidential elections. “I hereby wish to inform the membership of the SLPP and the public at large that I am, with immediate effect, suspending my bid for flag bearer of the SLPP while I strongly and robustly maintain my bid and campaign for the Presidency of the Republic of Sierra Leone, which will now move into higher gear,” he said.

He promised to work with others to create a Grand Coalition of Progressives in a collective effort to bring hope and transformation to the country.

It is also expected that he will announce his plans for contesting the presidency in 2018 while announcing his resignation from the SLPP.