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Sierra Leone Peoples Party meets Koroma as Excellency or..?
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Dec 3, 2012, 12:06

According to the highly reliable MONOLOGUE programme of David Tam-Baryoh, the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) should be holding a meeting with His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma today, December 3rd 2012, at State House.

 

As far as this newspaper is concerned, there is nothing wrong with President Koroma meeting SLPP hierarchy. However, the curious question is whether the SLPP will realise they are going to be meeting with His Excellency, the duly elected Head of State?

 

If SLPP recognises they are meeting our countrys duly elected President, then there is no harm in such meeting.  However, if the SLPP does not recognise the Presidency of Ernest Bai Koroma, then it will be the height of foolhardiness for the President to meet with such a group. It means he would have reduced himself from a sitting President into a factional leader being forced to hold peace talks and dialogue with another faction which does not recognise his legitimacy.

 

The whole world has recognised the legitimacy of Koroma as duly elected President. If the SLPP cannot recognise Koroma as President, then he should not give them audience. If they cannot refer to him as YOUR EXCELLENCY when they speak to President Koroma at State House, then State House should not dignify them.

 

In school, they say, OBEY & COMPLAIN LATER. SLPP should obey the NEC results which calls on all to recognise the President as Head of State. After this, they can then submit their complaints, if any, to the Supreme Court.

 

For now, His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma should not meet with anyone who does not recognise that he has been duly elected. That is our view at this newspaper.



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