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JOB Prefers a Public Apology from SLPPís Offenders, Maada Bio & Musa Tamba Sam
By Morie Jusu of Kailahun
Mar 25, 2013, 12:12
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The National Chairman and Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has rejected a closed door apology issued to him by his party members yesterday Sunday March 24th 2013 insisting that he deserves a public apology and retraction of all statements made against him by those who had been traversing the country and the world with false allegations that he had stolen party money.

 

According to many eye witnesses present, former Vice-President Joe Demby and other respected elders had almost succeeded to pacify John Benjamin to calm down and forgive Maada Bio, Musa Tamba Sam and others who had wrongly accused him of misappropriating party funds when Dr. Sama Banya spoilt everything with an ill-thought comment which Banya made.

 

Dr. Sama Banya is reported to have infuriated John Benjamin when he stated he was ďdisappointedĒ that even though Publicity Secretary Musa Tamba Sam had apologised to John Benjamin, when Tamba Sam wanted to shake Benjaminís hands, the latter had refused to shake his hands.

 

It was that statement which got Benjaminís ire so much so that he stood up to damn Banya and other party members. John Benjamin literally undressed Sama Banya as he pointed out that it was actions of Banya which helped contribute to the state the party was.

 

Benjamin reminded them of how despite undue molestations which Benjamin was subjected to in public, none of the likes of Banya came to his aid but now they want him to accept an apology ďfrom behind closed doorsĒ after they had traversed length and breadth of Sierra Leone and international corridors calling him a thief.

 

John Benjamin further slammed at Maada Bio who had earlier told the gathering that John Benjaminís mother used to cook for him and Benjamin was like a big brother to him whom he always called ďNgor JohnĒ.

 

ďYou say my mother used to cook for you and yet you stood by whilst thugs abused my mother in your name. Did you do anything to stop them out of respect for her? You went all over and even over Radio Democracy to call me a thief who had misappropriated funds knowing full well you were lying to destroy my name. Will you do that to your big brother?Ē Benjamin furiously asked.

 

Meanwhile, sources close to Benjamin have confirmed that if Maada Bio, Musa Tamba Sam and others do not publicly retract their widespread allegations which have now been proven as untrue, Benjamin might resort to seeking redress for defamatory libel in a court of law. This will mean Maada Bio and Musa Tamba Sam will face criminal charges at the Law Courts.


ďAll the records have been shown to us at the NEC meeting. Not a single penny is unaccounted for by John Benjamin. This man has served the SLPP with all his energies for which we have not paid him a single cent. The least we owe him is respect and gratitude. We have the audited records for 2010, 2011 and even 2012 we have already been given the financial statements which our auditors are now auditing. John Benjamin does not deserve to be given such a bad name. Really, he deserves a public apology and not a private apology,Ē said Mr. Okere Adams, an SLPP former cabinet minister at the NEC meeting.

 

SLPPís Okere Adams, for speaking the truth about the matter, received booing and a string of ďmammy cussesĒ thrown at him from Bioís supporters who had gathered around the building. Okere Adams left in a total daze.


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