APC Party's Threat to President Bio and Nation Concerns the Ruling SLPP Govt!
By a press release (10/12/18)
The SLPP government is appalled about a video from an APC official showing when and how the APC hopes to get rid of President Bio.
In a press statement, concerned SLPP party officials expressed animation about the question posed by the APC official one Gibril Conteh who made this startling revelation in the presence of the Leader of the APC in Parliament, amidst loud and round applause from the audience present. (Photo: President Bio posed with defeated APC Presidential candidate Dr. Samura Kamara). Below is the full SLPP press release:
Threat to the President and Country
Freetown Thursday December 6, 2018: The secretariat and general membership of the Sierra Leone People's Party are concerned about a veiled threat contained in a video clip, in which an official of the main opposition All Peoples Congress United Kingdom branch asked the party's leadership when and how they hope to get rid of the democratically elected president of the Republic of Sierra Leone His Excellency Julius Maada Bio.
The general membership of the party is particularly animated about the question posed by a certain Gibril Conteh, because it was made in the presence of the Leader of the APC in Parliament, amidst loud and round applause from the audience present.
The SLPP respects the right of every individual to free speech, movement and association, and will do everything to protect it. But when such rights become inimical to the interest of the state and a sitting elected president, we consider it a national security issue that should be addressed with alacrity.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has a five year mandate from the people of this country, and it ends in 2023. An attempt to ask how and when he will be gotten rid of is considered a state security issue.
For the Leader of the party in Parliament to countenance such a question and take part in clapping for it, smells sinister. In the interim, the SLPP is demanding the following:
1. Probe into the statement by the security forces and the one who uttered it;
2. An official statement from the APC clarifying the intent of the utterance;
3. Beef up of President Bio's security everywhere he goes.
The SLPP will not be at ease until the matter is looked into in the interest of Sierra Leoneans. Candidate and President Bio has come under several attacks from the APC, before and after the election. This latest threat should be treated with the seriousness it deserves.
One Country, One People!, Long Live Sierra Leone!!, Long Live SLPP!!!
Signed: Umaru Napoleon Koroma, Secretary General.