As Division Threatens SLPP Unity

By Our Political Correspondent

In less than 12 months since President Julius Maada Bio took over governance, members and supporters of the Sierra Leone People’s Party have begun to lay serious emphasis on who is going to succeed him come 2028 when he is expected to relinquish power.

In the South/East Region Alie Kabba, Bio’s former Foreign Affairs Minister and Permanent Representative to the United Nations’ amid to succeed President Bio is gaining momentum.

Some schools of thought in the capital are calling names like Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, First Lady Fatima Bio and the Chief Minister Dr. David M. Sengeh as favorites for successors to President Bio. It is also mooted that the Elders’ Council of the SLPP is also interested to make its recommendations while the Young Generation are said to be very supportive of President Bio’s choice.

The Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh is rumored to be least popular among the candidates expected to succeed President Bio. His position will likely go to another Northerner for territorial equilibrium. Another problem facing President Bio is that while he is appealing to his followers for calm, many have begun the ball rolling. It is not yet known whether President Bio’s successor will be elected in a convention already negotiated for or will have no cause to complain as all will listen and respect their leader’s decision.