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President Koroma Hosts Maada Bio, JOB, Kadie Sesay and SLPP Scribe at State House
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Dec 4, 2012, 17:06

His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday 3rd December 2012 hosted the leadership of the Sierra Leone's People Party (SLPP) including the party’s former Presidential Candidate, Mr. Julius Maada Bio and his former running mate, Dr. Kadie Sesay, Chairman and Leader of the party Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin and the National Secretary General, Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie at State House.


The meeting was facilitated by the “Body of Christ”, a committee of Christian religious leaders led by Reverend D.M. Speck.

Flaming Bishop Abu Koroma in deep prayer as Reverend D. M. Speck stands behind SLPP’s former presidential aspirant, Julius Maada Bio & His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at State House yesterday afternoon.

 

In his brief welcome address, President Koroma said that he is welcoming the SLPP in his capacity as President of Sierra Leone after the successful conclusion of the November polls.

 

President Koroma also said that the recently concluded elections were acclaimed by both national and international observers as free, fair, peaceful and largely credible.

 

He called on the SLPP to have faith that he will handle any political issue in the country that falls under his purview as President of the Republic and further called on them to channel other concerns through the right channels.

 

For his part, Mr. Julius Maada Bio first of all addressed President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. He noted that when President Koroma arrived at the Credentials Hall, he (Maada Bio) stood up because he recognized the President as the first gentleman of the State.

 

The former SLPP flag bearer noted that the SLPP and APC are the oldest political parties in the country, adding that no one should deny that fact. He went on to assure all that the SLPP was committed to peace, law and order in Sierra Leone.

 

Mr. Bio also said that he has issues about the outcome of the elections which, he believes, were seriously flawed, noting that in any democratic society, such concerns should be addressed, saying, it is his democratic right to do so.


 

Joint Press Statement

 

Freetown Monday 3rd December 2012

 

The Leadership of the SLPP met at State House today to discuss issues of national interest including the conduct of future elections. 

 

The meeting which was chaired by President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, also had in attendance the flagbearer of the SLPP Brig Julius Maada Bio, his running mate Dr Kadi Sesay, the Chairman and Leader Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin and the National Secretary-General, Mr. Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie.

 

The meeting was facilitated by the “Body of Christ”, a committee of Christian religious leaders led by Reverend D.M. Speck.

 

There were frank discussions in which Brigadier Julius Maada Bio reiterated his commitment to peace and security in the only country he knows and can call home, Sierra Leone. Brigadier Bio further noted that “Sierra Leone can only develop when we have effective lines of communications between the leadership of the two parties”. 

 

He concluded that the position of President Koroma as President of Sierra Leone is not in contention.

 

President Koroma on his part, emphasized that “we should continue to have dialogue of this nature in the interest of peace and the promotion of democracy”, as he reiterated the need to put in place a mechanism that will considerably reduce the influence of regionalism and tribalism in the nation’s body politic.

 

His Excellency directed that further meetings be held between the two parties with a view to concluding the several issues raised in the course of the meeting. 

 

Victor Bockarie Foh                           Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie

National Secretary General               National Secretary General

APC                                                    SLPP



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