PRESIDENT KOROMA HOLDS HANDS WITH MAADA BIO WHILE PRAYERS ARE BEING OFFERED FOR THEM AND 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 COMMUNICATIONS UNIT SENT THIS REPORT
President Koroma, Maada Bio Meet at State House
By State House Communications Unit
In his brief welcome address, the newly re-elected Fountain of Honour and indomitable Father of the Nation 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 any political issue in the country falls under his purview as President of the Republic, adding that he believes the SLPP should address their concerns through the right channels.
Making a brief statement, Brigadier 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 (Madda Bio) stood up because he recognised 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 the Sierra Leone.
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.
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