KKY has been challenged by All People’s Congress (APC) Parliamentary candidate for the same constituency, Abu Bakarr Sankoh has objected to the MP nomination of Dr. Yumkella on the grounds that Dr. Yumkella is, among other issues, a dual citizen in contravention of Section 76(1a) of the 1991 Sierra Leone Constitution.
It can be recalled that Dr. Yumkella was recently nominated as Member of Parliament candidate representing Constituency 62 after fulfilling the requirement to be nominated for the highest office of the land – Office of the Presidency.
KKY is a Sierra Leonean born NGC presidential candidate who has formally been nominated by residents of Constituency 62, Samu chiefdom in the Kambia district to represent them as MP.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the nomination process, Dr. Yumkella expressed his excitement at this historic nature of the moment but was also forced to recall how political forces prevented his father, PC Bai Sebora Yumkella, about 40 years ago from being nominated as he and many others were chased out of town resulting in the death of an uncle.
“Thus, I am happy that I am here today with my 80-year old mother to witness this moment once again,” he said.
Addressing NGC supporters outside Kambia’s National Election Commission (NEC), Dr. Yumkella told elated fans that he is happy to have completed the requirements to be nominated as Presidential nominee for the March 7, 2018 elections. He said his father was not accorded this opportunity, while expressing optimism that democracy is returning to Sierra Leone expressing confidence that he has nothing to be afraid of as rumours suggest his trip to Freetown may be hindered by thugs hired to prevent him from arriving in Freetown on time for his nomination.
Describing his nomination day as a march for freedom from the bondage of corruption, shackles of endemic poverty and a return to Constitutionality and rule of law, Yumkella said the “Time for Change” has indeed come and the NGC is the only party that can provide Hope, Opportunity and Transformation for the mineral resource rich Sierra Leone.