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Sierra Leone News: KKY is NGC’s flag-bearer

Kandeh Kolleh Yumkellah, newly elected NGC flag-bearer

Kandeh Kolleh Yumkellah, newly elected NGC flag-bearer

All eyes were on the new kid on the block, the National Grand Coalition (NGC) this weekend as they elected their flag-bearer for the upcoming March 2018 election. On Saturday 11 November 2017, 69 members of the Interim National Trustee Council (INTC) of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) elected Kandeh Kolleh Yumkellah to be their presidential candidate at the Galliness Paradise Resort hall in Bo.
Prior to the election, 10 members who were holding executive positions were endorsed by the INTC in a closed door meeting in the early hours of Saturday. Amongst the people that were endorsed as fully executive members were Dennis Bright, as Chairman and Leader of the NGC party, Imran Sillah as Publicity Secretary and Francis Hindowa as Secretary General.
Chairing the programme was the Leader and Chair of the Party, Dennis Bright, who assured delegates and aspirants together with the returning officer of the convention Haja Zainab Kamara. According to Dennis Bright, “They refer to us as a new Party but we are setting the pace.”
It was a jam-packed venue, where supporters and stakeholders of the NGC Party were both clustered in and outside Galliness Resort, together with political party representatives, representative from Political Party Registration Commission (PPRC) and also from the Mano River Union (MRU) among the guests. A noticeable absentee among political party is a representative from the SLPP.
As soon as Kandeh Yumkellah was declared the winner of the NGC convention of 2017, there was a huge shout in and outside the hall, which was followed by dancing among party stalwarts. It was a well-received victory by supporters.
Out of the 69 votes cast, Yumkellah received the majority with 55 votes followed by Daisy Saquee with six votes and Michael Jalloh with five votes and three absentees.
In his speech, the newly elected presidential candidate, thanked God for his success. He noted, “We are not red or green, so we must put Sierra Leone first and my main focus is for absolute change. The KKY movement started five years ago and despite all of the ordeals and violence we have gone through – today we are victorious.”
He said it is an historic moment for this country. “We need to restore hope and transformation to the people of Sierra Leone.” He underscored that Sierra Leone had lost most of its good values and promised to restore them by strengthening democracy in the country. According to Yumkella, “Only the NGC can transform this nation and make it a better place for youth.”
“Sierra Leone is ranked as the third hungriest country in the world and the worst country for youth to live in. If this situation is to change then you should vote the NGC,” he said. Power is coming from the people and they must benefit from the it through good implemented policies and programmes. “This is the time we should really come out and demand for the change we are craving for,” Yumkellah said.
MJB/11/11/17
By Mohamed J. Bah
Monday November 13, 2017.

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