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NGC’s Ambassador Daboh endorses Maada Bio

-says APC should not be rewarded with a renewed mandate

March 21, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Co-founder of the Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella Movement and founding member of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) has endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio ahead of the March 27 presidential run-off election, thus urging other members to follow his path.

The NGC with Dr. Kanddeh Kolleh Yumkella as the presidential candidate came a distance third, polling 6.9% of the votes in the presidential election and also won four parliamentary seats in Kambia district as well as the district council chairperson and some councilor seats.

Many regard the NGC and Coalition for Change (C4C) as very important in the presidential run-off election because of how they performed in the first round of voting.

While the NGC as a party is yet to openly back either of the two parties in the run-off, Ambassador Foday M. Daboh proffered several reasons in an article as to why NGC voters should vote for regime change and rally behind the SLPP candidate on March 27.

He stated that the survival of NGC depends on which of the two parties occupy State House after the runoff, and that his party does not have to be in the cabinet to influence policy changes.

“NGC is angry, and rightly so, at the brazen corruption of this APC administration and we believe that the APC should not be rewarded with a renewed mandate. That’s why we ran in the first place. Staying neutral or sitting on the fence will ensure an APC victory, and this is not an option,” he said.

According to him, the APC believed that KKY would pose a far more formidable threat as flag bearer of SLPP than any of the other aspirants and claimed that while the late President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah used his powers to strengthen the opposition, President Ernest Bai Koroma used his to sow discord within the main opposition.

Also, Ambassador Daboh noted that the APC would not entertain someone like Dr. Yumkella in parliament as the latter’s presence in parliament means he will be always talking about corruption and embarrass the ‘kleptocracy’ on a consistent basis, hence if given a renewed mandate the APC would not hesitate to instruct ‘a corrupt judiciary’ to rule against Dr. Yumkella in a bid to kick him out of parliament.

“Dr. Yumkella has always reiterated that the country risked returning to a one party dictatorship if the APC continued beyond two terms. If a governing party struggles in an election, forcing a runoff, with state resources and security forces at their disposal, it indicates that the mood of the electorates is for change. NGC will not falter to help bring that regime change,” said the lawyer.

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