…Avers Chairman Kapen
July 5, 2017 By Alusine Sesay
Chairman and Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Chief Sumano Kapen, has told Concord Times in a telephone interview that he would not comment on the decision of Dr. Kandeh Yumkella to suspend his bid to run for the flag-bearer position of the party because “I have not been formally informed.”
Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (KKY) on Monday announced that he was with immediate effect suspending his bid for the flag-bearer of the SLPP, adding that he would work with others to create a Grand Coalition of Progressives in a collective effort to bring hope and transformation to the country.
But Kapen noted that: “As Chairman and Leader of the party, I cannot comment on something that I have not formally been informed about. Maybe Dr. Yumkella may have a change of mind.”
Although he kept his card close to chest as to whether he will leave the SLPP or not, Dr. Yumkella noted that he had asked his supporters at home and abroad to rally around a proposed new mechanism through which they would vigorously pursue and promote their progressive agenda of hope, opportunity and transformation.
“The struggle for the soul of our country – political, social, and economic – has began (sic) and we will now be accelerated under the new structure,” he said.
Until the suspension of his bid for the flag-bearer position of the country’s main opposition SLPP, Dr. Yumkella was regarded as a major challenger to Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, who is the favourite to clinch his party’s ticket for the second time.
The announcement to ‘suspend’ his flag-bearer bid did not come as a surprise to many as his supporters have been calling on him to quit the opposition party for weeks.
He seems to have given in to pressure to leave the SLPP although he stopped short of announcing that he has quit the party.
Meanwhile, some political analysts have charged that Dr. Yumkella was rather indecisive because he has not been bold enough to be clear about his future with the SLPP.
Also, callers during the ‘Good Morning Salone programme’ on FM 98.1 yesterday made similar observation, but Dr.Yumkella was quick to respond by asking a rhetorical question that: “How can I be an indecisive personality after leaving over a hundred thousand United States Dollar job with the United Nations to serve my country?