Addressing a hurriedly-conveyened press conference in Koidu City yesterday, the SLPP 2012 Presidential candidate, Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio clarified that, he never received a single cent from President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to embark on his nationwide social mobilization tour.

“Whenever I visit the President, I don’t discuss personal issues with him… I always discuss issues of national interest with him…I am using my personal resources to embark on such a national service”, said Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio.

Brig (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio was reacting to social media reports that, his right hand man, Mr. J.J. Saffa received the sum of Le230M (Two Hundred and Thirty Million Leones) from the ruling APC Party on his behalf to embark on his nationwide social mobilization tour.

“That is total rubbish…Neither J.J. nor I collected a single penny from the APC Party or President Koroma for my social mobilization tour…This nonsense is coming from my opponents in the SLPP…But I know what I stand for in life…I don’t have time to respond to this pyramid of lies”, said Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio.

Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio recalled that, he was one of the first senior opposition Politicians in the country to call on every Sierra Leonean and the international community to join hands with the Government to collectively fight this deadly scourge.

He clarified that he was not on an election campaign tour. “When that time comes, my presence on the campaign platform will be felt in every nook and cranny of this country”, said Brig. Bio. Brig Bio noted that with Ebola around, there will be no development in the country.

Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio returned to Freetown last night after touring Kambia, Port Loko, Makeni, Manjoro, Fadugu, Kabala, Kono and Magburaka.

The second leg of his social mobilization tour will kick off tomorrow at Mile 91 and Bo.