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Running From The Sack? Agric Minister Denies Presidential Bid Rumours; Says He Only Went To Rest In Kumasi

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The Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has denied claims that he was in the Ashanti Region, Kumasi over the weekend to announce his bid to contest the Presidential slot of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

To him, reports on social are untrue and that he was only in Kumasi to recover from a fever he contracted after the 2021 budget reading.

“Per the constitution of the New Patriotic Party, nominations have not been opened for interested candidates to announce their intentions to contest for any position in the party. It is therefore unfortunate for anyone to seek to create the impression that I held a meeting to announce my bid for the “flagbearership” position of the party,” part of a statement released by the Minister read.

“I decided to go to Kumasi and have some rest during the weekend and try to recover from a fever I was running after I attended the budget reading in parliament on Friday 12 March 2021. As a former member of parliament in the region and as a senior member of this government, I accepted to grant audience to some party executives who had been making calls for a meeting to discuss matters concerning the welfare of the party. However, such meetings will end with an amount given as transportation to guests who came from far and near.”

Below is the full statement by Dr Afriyie Akoto

STATEMENT BY HON. DR. OWUSU AFRIYIE AKOTO ON DETAILS OF MEETINGS HELD WITH EXECUTIVES OF THE NPP IN THE ASHANTI REGION.

I have taken due notice of an information making rounds on both traditional and social media claiming to be a summary of an outcome of a meeting held with party executives in the Ashanti Region “to supposedly announce my bid for the flagbearer position of the New Patriotic Party”.

The narrators for reasons best known to them mischievously sought to court public disaffection for my person by making outrageous claims and allegations.
Hence, I would like to put forward the following facts:

1. Per the constitution of the New Patriotic Party, nominations have not been opened for interested candidates to announce their intentions to contest for any position in the party. It is therefore unfortunate for anyone to seek to create the impression that I held a meeting to announce my bid for the “flagbearership” position of the party.

2. I decided to go to Kumasi and have some rest during the weekend and try to recover from a fever I was running after I attended the budget reading in parliament on Friday 12 March 2021. As a former member of parliament in the region and as a senior member of this government, I accepted to grant audience to some party executives who had been making calls for a meeting to discuss matters concerning the welfare of the party. However, such meetings will end with an amount given as transportation to guests who came from far and near.

3. The narrators claimed that I spent up to GH 1, 000,000.00 Ghana Cedis at the said meeting to announce my bid for the position. This is not only incorrect but it could only be in the imaginations of the one making those claims. Meeting 17 constituency executives for each of the 47 constituencies in my house meant I was receiving about 700 delegates. My house does not have the capacity to accommodate such numbers. How therefore can one assume that I paid almost One Million Ghana Cedis to these NPP executives in one day?

4. Furthermore, the narrators claimed I promised to distribute tractors and motorbikes to party executives. This is another lie. Being mindful of the fact that these tractors are purely meant for farming purposes, I will never use their allocation or distribution for my personal political ambition. Processes for the acquisition and distribution of this equipment are clearly spelt out and there is no way it will be compromised for other purposes apart from being given to deserving farmers and farmer groups in the country.

5. Another regrettable claim by the narrators is that I sought to ride on the back of my long-term relationship with President Akufo Addo to prosecute my political ambition. It is no secret that I have a very close relationship with President Akufo Addo which predates our political careers. But it can only be a figment of one’s imagination to assume that I will put the President in such an uncomfortable situation by using his name to the campaign.

Especially when he has issued a strong warning to members of his government to refrain from such conducts. I think my relationship with the President should rather be the reason why I should continue to give off my best in order to help make his second term continued success.

6. It is therefore regrettable to note that I with this understanding, would be the one to cause distractions and try to derail the focus of our government by announcing my ambitions at this time. There is a deliberate effort by my detractors from within and outside my party to cause disaffection between me and the party and between me and the government for which I have worked so hard in the last four years. Such people think the easiest way to go is to introduce tribal politics.

7. The issue about roads in Ashanti Region is a typical example of the tribal politics I am referring to. The fact is that during the cause of the meeting, some executives raised concerns about the infrastructural deficit in the region and appealed to me to use my close ties with the President to lobby for the construction of more roads and other infrastructures for the region.

In response, I explained to them that the Government of His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, had over the last four years done a lot to bridge the infrastructural gap not only in the Ashanti Region but all over the country, despite admitting there were lot more to be done. How someone could interpret this as me saying the Government has neglected Ashanti Region roads really beats my wildest imagination.

8. As people who know me would attest to, I don’t subscribe to tribal politics.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that I believe in decent political discourse devoid of insults, lies and mudslinging.

I will therefore encourage each and everyone, including the media, to refrain from acts that have the tendency to derail the historical gains made by the Government of His Excellency Nana Akufo Addo and ensure continuation in development.

Let me take this opportunity to renew my unflinching commitment to the goals set by the President for his second term.

Signed

Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto
Minister for Food and Agriculture
18th March 2021

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Bawumia’s Non-Akan Campaign Strategy For 2024 Is Dead On Arrival – Inusah Fuseini

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Former lawmaker for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini says the campaign strategy adopted by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to use the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Akan stance against them in order to be elected flagbearer will fail.

According to him, Dr Bawumia and majority leaders, Kyei-Mensah Bonsu are banking their hopes on using non-Akan on its members in order to get delegates to vote Bawumia as flagbearer for the 2024 polls.

“What did you expect Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu to say than say what he said. He is trying to exorcise the spirit behind the NPP party. A party that has been touted as an Akan party that gives no opportunity to Northerners and as a party that went out of its way to invite Northerners into their fold, they feel that this is the best time to give the highest position of the party to a Northerner to seal or solidify and kill the mantra that NPP is an Akan party. That is what he was trying to do. It is a political strategy and that is the campaign strategy of Mahamudu Bawumia but it will fail,” Inusah Fuseini was quoted by mynewsgh.

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When Did NDC Pick An Ashanti As Presidential Candidate? – Kennedy Agyapong Launches Attack On NPP

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Assin Central lawmaker, Kennedy Agyapong has wondered why some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) continue to label the party as an Akan party.

Speaking on Oman FM, he wondered why the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) which has never chosen an Ashanti as flagbearer before not label itself as non-Akan.

“People say NPP is an Akan party, its rubbish. Has NDC ever picked an Ashanti as presidential candidate? When did they pick an Ashanti as vice president? Why should we run away from the truth?

“We should be bold to criticize anyone who tags the NPP as an Akan party. Has the NDC ever picked an Ashanti. We will say it and it will come to pass. Tell me when NDC picked an Ashanti as presidential candidate. Why do we always tag ourselves as Akan party. It won’t help the party.

“NDC have the courage to pick anyone. They also choose either Northerner or Voltarian why don’t we also say that it’s a party for Northerners or Voltarians,” he slammed.

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General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has admonished Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu for his comments against him.

Mr Kyei-Mensah had expressed unhappiness about Mr Asiedu Nketia’s appointment on to the Parliamentary Service Board, describing him as intrusive.

He further accused Asiedu Nketia of playing politics with Parliamentary duties.

Speaking on Power FM however, Mr Asiedu Nketia noted that the Majority leader is an ignoramus and wondered where else he expected him to engage in politics.

“I think Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu went home after making that statement feeling guilty. How can you say, I’ll do politics with my position? Speaker Bagbin saw me to be an intelligent person who can also contribute to the development of parliament and he appointed me,” he said.

Apart from Parliament, where else does he think we can do politics? Parliament is rather the best place to deal with multiparty issues. Parliament is the hotbed of multiparty engagements,” he told host Kwame Minkah.

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