Cocorioko has just learnt that the defeated Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) Presidential candidate , Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio , has met President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House following the Saturday November 17 , 2012 elections. Maada Bio went to State House this morning , accompanied by his running mate , Dr. Khadi Sesay and the Chairman of the SLPP , Mr. John Benjamin.
PRESIDENT KOROMA HOLDS HANDS WITH BIO WHILE A PREACHER PRAYS FOR THEM AND THE NATION : COURTESY-JARRAH KAWUSU-KONTE
News of the proposed meeting between President Koroma and Maada Bio went viral on Facebook last night when it was learnt from Star Radio that the President had agreed to meet Maada Bio today. It led to ferocious debates at the social media , with some Sierra Leoneans fraying their tempers over the reluctance of the SLPP to acknowledge the APC victory. Many of them flatly rejected the idea of the meeting on the grounds that Bio had not yet called President Koroma to concede .There were many others , including the Publisher of this newspaper, who thought that as the Father of the Nation the President must meet with Bio and his delegation in the interest of the nation.
THE STATE HOUSE PRESS UNIT SENT THIS REPORT :
President Koroma, Maada Bio Meet at State House
By State House Communications Unit
Julius Maada Bio also said that he has issues about the outcome of the elections which, he believes, were seriously flawed. He noted that in any democratic society, such concerns should be addressed, saying, it is his democratic right to do so.
The meeting was held behind close doors after President Koroma asked the Body of Christ to allow him have a one-on-one discussion with the SLPP leadership.