NGC vows to provide ‘strong opposition’


March 27, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Standing: NGC presidential candidate Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella

Presidential candidate of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) yesterday assured that his party would be the credible opposition Sierra Leone has been yearning to have for decades.

The NGC came a distant third, taking away 6.9% of the presidential votes cast in the first round of the election and also won four parliamentary and councilor seats in the Kambia district.

“We are not just in parliament to oppose because that is not what governance is all about. People should not accept to see us opposing. We are going to support legislations to move this country forward. We are not there just to oppose,” Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella told a news conference and added that they were striving to be a credible opposition.

Dr. Yumkella, who is one of the newly elected Member of Parliament for Constituency 62, stated that the NGC will be collaborating with other political parties in parliament on issues they feel would benefit the country.

According to him, they would also be coming up with concrete proposals to move the country forward and that people should not be surprised if they are seen collaborating with another party to move the economy forward.

“No one will take our nation for granted. We in the NGC came into the process to promote change in many fronts, protecting key institutions that are supposed to safeguard our democracy and manage our economy well. We are committed to our campaign platforms, one of which is to have an inclusive free, fair and just society,” he said.

With regards the outcome of the March 7 multitier elections, Dr. Yumkella reiterated that irregularities in the polls were first pointed out by the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), followed by the NGC and the Coalition for Change (C4C).

He expressed optimism that the society will take the issues raised in the outcome very seriously because according to him, allegations brought out are important for the country.

“The malpractices that were raised cannot be swept under the carpet even after the elections. We must address them. This means that elections cannot be decided by the people but by handful of individuals who happened to seat along the gateway of moving the electoral process forward,” the former senior United Nations official stated.

He pointed out that corruption in an electoral governance structure was worse than stealing money because the people are denied the right to choose who they want.

He also warned against tribalism and any form of discrimination that could divide the nation and urged leaders of political parties not to divide the nation but to keep everyone together.