After addressing Chatham House and the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC on the direction his government will take if he wins the 2012 election under the platform of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party SLPP, Brig. Julius Maada Bio (rtd) has confirmed in an exclusive interview to Concord Times that his trip to Britain and other European countries was a success story that has not been recorded by any presidential candidate Sierra Leone has ever produced.
"To be frank with Sierra Leoneans, SLPP members and supporters, my trip to Europe has strengthened the position of SLPP and my candidacy to win the 2012 elections. There is no doubt about the continued economic hardship, retrogression and the continued problems faced by Sierra Leoneans of which the Ernest Bai Koroma and his APC administration have not addressed. I am confident that I will win this election," Bio said adding that it is unfortunate that the All Peoples Congress APC government is not addressing the felt needs of the people thus forcing them to struggle with abject poverty over the past four years.
Bio was recently in France and Holland as part of his official tour of Europe where he engaged Western diplomats, strategic European governments, international investors, business community and his beloved SLPP members across Europe.
According to a strong SLPP member, Yusufy Keketoma Sandi, some members of the ruling APC party had once claimed that the SLPP presidential candidate will never travel to overseas. But he is pleased that Bio has proved them wrong.
"A lot has been said about Bio by his APC opponents but I am sure that with the BBC Focus on Africa interview, Bio was able to put APC spin doctors into political coma. During the interview, you could tell Maada Bio's command of the English grammar and its pronunciation will make him a better president," Sandi said. "Sadly for the APC spin doctors to have thought that overthrowing a 23-year APC misrule was a crime by the NPRC then they must be insulting the collective intelligence of all Sierra Leoneans who danced in tears of joy whether on the streets or by their verandas, to welcome the NPRC to the State House."
He added that they will continue to support Bio until the SLPP emerges victorious.