The democratic US which hosts some of the best universities and political science/ economics departments in the world produced Donald Trump who battled with some sixteen other members of the Republican Party to win the nomination and then the presidency.
Keeping it short:
Chernoh Alpha M. Bah attributes the rise of Yumkella and the NGC to “ambitious elites who decided to form a new party only after they failed to garner positions within either the APC or the SLPP.” This brings into question the fairness and transparency in the selection/ election process of both the APC and the SLPP - in the case of the SLPP the complaint about that process goes as far back as 2005 at that event which John Ernest Leigh earmarked as the Makeni Conbention and in 2011 culminating in his letter of resignation from that party.
In the case of the APC, Lord Ernest ( the king of the APC ) appointed his crown prince Samura Wilson Kamara. No doubt, there must have been some whimpering...
Chernoh Alpha M. Bah does “ not believe the NGC can offer this response, simply because they do not have progressive policies to offer” Fact is that anyone ( almost anyone) can write a glorious manifesto. I believe that Yumkella could do very well in debates
From this distance there does not seem to be anything “militant” about Kandeh Yumkella’s
ongoing campaign to be elected Sierra Leone's next president, nor has he said, in so many words what Zubairu Wai would like his readers to attribute to Yumkella that “he is doing the country a favor by running for president.” or that having served in some capacity at the UN “makes him the only person qualified to be president beyond scrutiny.”
Yumkella is obviously as qualified as the APC and SLPP candidates , even if he and some of his fans may believe that he is more qualified than they are, more qualified to “save” the country from more mudslides, Ebola, perennial corruption, massive youth unemployment, the need for better education and a better health programme plus all the other ills that still beset the nation 57 years after attaining to Independence..
When someone like Yumkella is serious about serving his country, it’s disheartening to read this kind of discouragement addressed to the Sierra Leone electorate: “His connection to the global power elites, and his subscription to the neoliberal ideologies of governance means that he is a far more danger to Sierra Leone than Maada Bio or Samura Kamara,”
Are we to suppose that if Kofi Annan had committed himself to vying for the presidency of Ghana he would have been similarly deemed dangerous to the Black Star nation? If anything the only problem that people have observed about Kofi Annan is that after so many years at the UN , he has probably lost the rough art of jungle survival and would therefore be too soft for the tough job of President of Ghana. Yumkella seems to still be a tough nut, travelling in all kinds of weather and all kinds of terrain to hold his rallies, commune with his people.
About the danger/s - well, the IMF/ World Bank ritually demand submission to structural adjustment programs - devaluation, taking away subsidies - in the case of Jerry Rawlings subsidies to education.
I posted this yesterday under “ “unregistered” : The media not least of all this Bintumani is haywire with Yumkella/NGC campaign propaganda - he occupies much more media space than any of the other candidates - but -. on the ground, mass crowds turn up for every candidate at rallys - so, how reliable are any opinion polls?