It has been revealed to Sierraloaded that there is a grand conspiracy to disenfranchise the two main flag bearer contenders of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples (SLPP), Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella and Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio.
According to credible sources, a clause has been inserted in our new draft constitution which states that any person who has served a military junta is not eligible to contest the presidency of Sierra Leone and since Yumkella and Bio are on record for serving the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC), that clause automatically disqualifies them to contest the presidency.
This press has been reliably informed that the clause forms part of the ruling All Peoples Congress, APC’s submission to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) and was submitted with the main objective of banning Yumkella and Bio from the presidential race.
Now that CRC is about to release the first draft of our new constitution, the dangerous clause has become a cause for the concern of many top officials of the SLPP who, in an interview, vehemently opposed the perilous clause, describing it as a calculated ploy to disqualify Yumkella and Bio to contest the national presidency. They noted that the clause is a recipe for chaos and national instability considering the large following of Yumkella and Bio.
The SLPP top officials vowed that they will never tolerate such a clause to exist in our constitution as it bears the potential to disenfranchise not only Yumkella and Bio but also many senior citizens of this country.
They cited the examples of the current Vice-President, Victor Bockarie Foh, the former Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission, Christiana Thorpe, the current Foreign Minister, Dr. Samura Kamara, the APC Secretary, Osman Foday Yansaneh and SLPP John Oponjo Benjamin who served military regimes but have occupied high public offices in the country. The new clause will surely ban all of them from contesting presidency, they noted.
Meanwhile, many other SLPP loyalists have called on Yumkella and Bio to present a united opposition against the newly inserted dangerous clause which is aiming at knocking them out of the next presidential contest .