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John Leigh Cannot Explain Contradictions in supporting APC Backed AFRC of Ernest Koroma while opposing Julius Maada Bio

  • Written by  Sheku M Kallon Jnr (CEO New People)
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This interview was conducted via Facebook’s real time IM chat feature which requires the person on the other end to type up their responses in real time. The interview started on May 12th and concluded on May 13th.

Sheku Kallon
o His Excellency
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23 hours ago
John Leigh
o yes, mr. kallon. this is jl. what's happening?

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23 hours ago
Sheku Kallon
o not much. we're about to turn up the heat on your new found friends.
o Is it possible for me to conduct an interview with you, now via Facebook?
o Are you still there Ambassador? <This question due to a delay in JL’s response>
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23 hours ago
John Leigh
o Go ahead. We'll all enjoy everything. I am working on a series about the real bio that his supporters are hiding from the public. Suing Liberia? The fellow is an idiot. My agreement with lawyers backed by the Bush Administration in 2001 to sue Ghadafi, Campoare, Taylor, etc. for war damage was eventually corrupted by the Kabbah-Berewa clique. It is on file at the Foreign Ministry.

 

23 hours ago
Sheku Kallon
o It sounds like the case of sour grapes from most independent observers. That because you failed to win the FB nomination, you are now attacking Bio and the SLPP. How would you respond to such perceptions?

23 hours ago
John Leigh
o Interview me? No way. Didn't you write that I claim on New Bio People that I alone got Taylor in trouble? Not true. Never said anything like that.

23 hours ago
Sheku Kallon
o That was article by someone you had a conversation with on Facebook and he forwarded his opinions to the New People. I know for a fact that there were a lot people who led to the downfall of Charles Taylor including yourself.
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23 hours ago
John Leigh
o What else can they say? I have been saying such for years, well before the FB campaign. They can't say my statements are inaccurate. They can only ascribe a false motive and psychobabble everything. Check my statements when you can. They are !00% accurate.
o As for Taylor, I said I initiated the campaign against him. As for any fellow in facebook, his opinion is his. Not mine. You could have asked for clarifications prior to publication. But you didn't.

22 hours ago
Sheku Kallon
o Well the New People does not alter the opinion pieces of people who send it in as they are attributed to that individual. I am now interviewing you as the CEO of the New People and that will be an authentic opinion of the New People.


23 hours ago
Sheku Kallon
o You state that the Kabbah/Berewah clique thwarted your efforts at getting Ghadaffy sued on behalf of Sierra Leone. But Julius Maada Bio is not Kabbah nor Berewa. As a matter of fact Kabbah supported his nephew Usu Boie Kamara against Bio. Why then are you targeting Bio instead of Kabbah/Berewah? Some would see it as an attempt at rubbing Kabbah's failures on Bio?
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22 hours ago
John Leigh
o I am not targeting Bio. I am responding to Bio's foolish Liberia boast as well as to the SLPP's record on corruption. Bio is the SLPP's candidate, not so? Bio can't campaign on the corruption issue or this 'yesterday betteh pass tiday' nonsense. I will respond. The NPRC and the SLPP's corruption records are fantastic.
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22 hours ago
Sheku Kallon
o Are you saying that in terms of corruption the APC/AFRC are saints compared to what transpired under the NPRC and SLPP the latter of which you were a part of for the first term? For the record Bio headed the NPRC for less than 7 months and his SLPP administration has not been in office yet.
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22 hours ago
John Leigh
o The AFRC were bad people. Bio supported them. The NPRC junta boys stole donor money intended for their Bato Men like Johnny Paul Koroma. The OLD APC was bad. The New APC is much better. In the New APC EBK is controlling the corrupt. In SLPP, the Bio guys are in charge. Big difference.
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22 hours ago
John Leigh
o Sheku, I got to go now. People are waiting for me. Bye.

John Leigh signed off Facebook but the question below was sent directly into his email box on Facebook as is usually the case when you send an IM chat to someone who has signed off.
22 hours ago
Sheku Kallon
o I can tell you for a fact that the Bio you are maligning as having supported the AFRC is innocent. Ernest Koroma and 70 percent of this APC you just joined were the civilians behind the AFRC of Johnny Paul Koroma. How then can you justify attacking bio but support Ernest Koroma and 70% of his cabinet who were the brains behind AFRC and Johnny Paul Koroma?

10 minutes later John Leigh logged back on Facebook and responded. Yours truly The New People Online Inc was online again and continued the questions.
10 hours ago
John Leigh
o Mr. Kallon, I am not maligning Mr. Bio at all. I have no interest in maligning anyone. All I am doing is telling it like it was from my personal experience with Bio himself when I served as in Washington, DC. Bio is a candidate for president. Therefore, his public service record must be presented to the public. It seems to me that your entire pro-Bio SLPP campaign has as its prime objective the hiding of Bio's public service record. This New Direction of Lies and deceit is not good for Mama Salone. Look, I am aware of many things AFRC. Before resigning from the New People SLPP, I was aware of lots of SLPP big shots who were also AFRC supporters and backers. Apart from Bio, none of them is running for president as are the 70% in the New APC. EBK is already president and no one complained about him when he contested in 2007 and earlier. Why didn't you protest then like I am doing? You can still protest. Were not Blyden and Amara Bangali (Fin. Minister) in the AFR-RUF? Didn't Berewa send them to attack me at Makeni in 2005 and thereafter? Did anyone defend me? No! Didn't I defend myself? Let Bio speak for himself. Have a great day.
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10 hours ago
Sheku Kallon
o But you still have not answered the question and contradiction in Not supporting Bio because as you claim he was an AFRC supporter which I put to you is false and your support for Ernest Koroma and 70% of his cabinet that were the brains behind the AFRC and for which I can provide witnesses to attest to that fact. Can you address the contradiction posed by your support of EBK an AFRC and Johnny Paul Koroma supporter and your disdain for Bio for whom you've provided no such evidence of his support for the AFRC?

John Leigh Signed off Facebook again and did not return until May 13th to provide the answer below. At that time I had had enough and went to press with his answers.
17 minutes ago
John Leigh
o I've answered your question thoroughly. I personally know from personal experience in DC that Bio was an AFRC supporter. His supporting the AFRC is merely one single matter. His public service record as a junta member is my primary concern. I opposed him because of the summary mass killings, the thieving, the General Power of Attorney awarded to his brother. His stupid contracts with Wanza, his jailing of New Breed editor. His opposition to SLPP when he was in the junta. His junta's banning of Jusu Sheriff. His support for NUP. His massive campaign lies. His jujus. And several other issues. I am familiar with EBK's New APC record. I know nothing about his AFRC involvement. You and many others had chances to publicly articulate your concerns against EBK's ARF role in prior presidential elections but never did. You still have a chance to do so in this campaign. So do it.

I will huff and I will puff 'till kingdom come! Finally, until SLPP goes public with evidence that EBK was AFRC, I won't respond further to your inquiry in this matter.

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