By Shaka-Sylla Conteh
As the 2023 presidential and parliamentary elections fastapproaching, there have been several speculations of what will save the political future of Kande Kolleh Yumkella. But the question on everybody’s lip is, will he become president under a National Grand Coalition (NGC) ticket?
However, from my own personal study and observation, I don’t think he will become president under the NGC ticket. He still has chance to become president but not under theticket of his political party, because the two traditional political parties; APC and SLPP are ingrained in the people’s psychics and they are not willing to change their loyalties for a third force.
This was evident in the first round of the 2018 presidential elections when the All People’s Congress (APC) Party and Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) got over 85% of the first round votes whilst Kandeh finished with distant third of less than 10%. And his representation in parliament has been mixed so far because he has been inconsistent in opposition through the word he coined to cover it constructive criticism making it difficult to pinpoint his position on issues in parliament. And this has cost him a lot of votes to mount any serious challenge for the 2023 presidential elections.
Meanwhile, the only way if he wants to continue in politics is to join one of the two traditional political parties; the APC or SLPP, and this may resuscitate his chances again to become a President or Vice President which I believe National Grand Coalition will never take him to.
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