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ďMaada Bio is the Issue of IssuesĒ ...Says Balogun Koroma
By Aruna Turay
Jul 27, 2012, 17:12
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The National Campaign Coordinator for the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party, Mr. Leonard Balogun Koroma has said that the Presidential Candidate for the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Mr. Julius Maada Bio is an issue among issues that needs to be addressed.


Mr. Koroma made this statement in an interview with the Awareness Times on Thursday 26th July 2012. According to Mr. Koroma, the argument put up by the SLPP and Maada Bio in particular that the up coming November 17 elections should not be hinged on personalities but on issue, is nothing but a fallacious argument. He said Maada Bio and the SLPP knew that Maada Bio himself is an issue that needs thorough scrutiny before being counted among those vying for the leadership of this country.

 
Mr. Maada Bio

Mr. Koroma emphasized that Mr.¬† Bioís alleged past transgressions must be critically looked into if he truly wants to be the President of Sierra Leone.

 

ďWhat does Maada Bio want to hide from the people he wants to lead?í asked Mr. Koroma, adding; ďhe has lots and lots of issues that he must endeavor to explain to the people of this country before thinking of being their PresidentĒ.

 

Mr. Koroma noted that Maada Bioís past records in this country are nothing to write home about.

 

ďWhere are our stolen passports? What about our monies that he had stolen and saved in his foreign accounts? Are they not issues that he should be squeezed to address before contending for our Presidency?Ē Mr. Balogun questioned.

He furthered that Bio should not have become an issue if only he was a private citizen of this country but that as a Presidential Candidate, Sierra Leoneans will continue to go into his past records until November 17. He said it is high time Sierra Leoneans stood on their feet and thoroughly scrutinize those that want to rule them before they are entrusted with such powers.

 

According to Mr. Koroma, Bioís human rights records as an executive member of the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) should be properly delved into for the entire nation to have a full understanding of his personality, citing the extra judicial killings of (29) senior citizens including a former Inspector General of Police, James Bambay Kamara.


ďIt is no secret that Maada Bio is a human rights violator,Ē Balogun Koroma alleged, adding; ďhe must be scrutinized for the summary killing of 29 Sierra Leoneans.Ē

 

The APC Coordinator further alleged that Maada Bio did not hand over power voluntarily to civilian rule but was pressured by the masses who called for election before peace.

 

Mr. Koroma cited that when the fake accusations against Hon. Vice President Alhaji Chief Samsumana were written and published online by the New People Newspaper, it was Maada Bio and the SLPP that were shouting that the Vice President should clear the air on the accusation for the people of this country to know the fact. This he said the Vice President did immediately because he is an honorable man that has nothing to hide in his cupboard.

 

He said if Maada Bio is an honorable and clean man as he claimed to be, why canít he do the honorable thing by explaining to the people of this country, where he took their passports and their monies which he stole and saved in his foreign accounts. Mr. Koroma reemphasized that until such honorable thing is done, the people of Sierra Leone will continue to make Maada Bio an issue of all issues.¬†¬†¬†¬†


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