The leading flagbearer aspirant of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio has had his bid for the Presidency boosted after he was endorsed by Ambassador Foday Yumkella.
Ambassador Foday Yumkella, the elder brother of another SLPP flagbearer aspirant, Dr Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella did the endorsement on Friday night during the celebration marking the fifty third birthday of Brig. Rtd. Julius Maada Bio at his private residence at Juba in Freetown.
The former Minister of Presidential Affairs and High Commissioner to The Gambia in his short speech at the birthday party referred to Brig. Rtd. Julius Maada Bio as the next President of Sierra Leone and prayed that the next birthday would be celebrated at State House.
This latest endorsement has dealt a huge blow to the Presidential aspiration of the former UNIDO boss, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella who many blame for the endless legal tussles in the party.
Two weeks ago, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella suffered similar blow when one of his staunchest and loudest supporters, Mrs. I.J Kabbah pledged her loyalty to one of the leading APC flagbearer aspirants the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph F Kamara popularly known as JFK.
The wife of former President Kabbah said at a social gathering that she was prepared to wear red if the APC awards the president ticket to the Minister.
Already hit by major Public Relations issues ,analysts believe both endorsements will destabilize campaign efforts in the KKY camp.