• May 19, 2023


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BY State House Media and Communications Unit

Executive members of the National Grand Coalition, NGC, have endorsed the alliance their party leader, Dr Kandeh Kulleh Yumkela, KKY, recently formed with the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party, SLPP, ahead of the 24 June elections.

At a well-attended meeting of executive and registered members of NGC from Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Bonthe, Pujehun, Bo, Moyamba Districts,  national executive members and  the leaderships of the two parties gave final confirmation message where President Bio reiterated his reasons for supporters to follow and support the alliance.

The leader of the NGC, Dr Kandeh Kulleh Yumkela, addressing his supporters on why he decided to enter an alliance with the SLPP, recalled how he and President Julius Maada Bio worked together in the days of the NPRC regime with a clear focus on developing Sierra Leone.

“President Bio and I did not enter politics because we are happy. It is because we care about Sierra Leone. So, when President Bio told me to return to the SLPP party to join him in the transformation of our country, that open invitation was genuine even though other sectors of the public were thinking otherwise”. KKY said.

“The only thing we have been talking about all this time is how we are going to consolidate our peace, hope, and national coherence in our beloved country. He stated.

We are worried. We have lately seen division, whereas some people have started preaching hate, malice, and violence.

We are here today not because of politics but to discuss how to develop Sierra Leone. KKY noted.

Politics is not about fighting but about how we can develop the country, KKY stated.

Everything we have been working towards is the unification of this country. On that note, he continued pleading publicly with all NGC members nationwide who have decided to run as independent candidates in the June elections to withdraw their candidature.

He reiterated that NGC focus now is to ensure President Bio wins the elections with no runoff.”

I am not vying for president. Our alliance is one that is progressive and will transform this country, noting he only have one presidential candidate, which he said is President Julius Maada Bio and his Vice-Presidential candidate, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh.

He therefore called on all NGC members nationwide to rally their support behind the alliance and ensure the election is over with a massive vote for no runoff, he affirms.

His Excellency, President Dr. Julius Maada Bio, in his remarks described the ceremony as a very beautiful occasion that he noted is gears towards demonstrating what they have done in Freetown during the formation of the strategic alliance between the SLPP and the NGC stands worthwhile.

“Leadership is about shaping the people. The sacrifices Dr. Yumkela is making to let go of his own leadership ambitions are a result of the long-standing relationship that existed between us as far back as 1993/94”. President Bio recalled.

Any decision taken in the interest of national development rather than personal interest is what a good leader is made of, the President said.

“We agreed to come together to put our human resources together not only to win the elections but in order to govern and deliver what the people of Sierra Leone want, President Bio.

“We are coming together to look at the enormity of the task and complexity of the situation of our national issues ahead and find solutions to addressing them as a team,” President Bio informed.

The President called on all SLPP supporters to embrace the NGC supporters, assuring them that most of them are not strange people, noting that SLPP members and supporters know almost all the NGC members and supports.

“Our focus now should be to put Sierra Leone first, we have realized that no single individual can develop the country more than teamwork.” Bio stressed.

“So, as leader of the SLPP party, I want to confirm to all of you here present that this is the decision we have taken in Freetown, and it is one that is in the interest of the people, and we are calling both SLPP and NGC supporters to support our decision. Therefore, I am formerly welcoming all NGC members to this alliance.

I am happy to see you, and the fact that the alliance is formed means that our focus should be on how to transform the country with the alliance,” the President reiterates.

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