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The Deputy General-Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter Otokunor says there is no reason for former Head of state John Dramani Mahama to apologise for allegedly supporting the “Akyem Sakawa Mafia” comment.
To him, the words have actually been taken out of context by the New Patriotic Event (NPP) and its 2020 flagbearer, President Akufo-Addo.
Arguing his position on JoyNews’ AM Show on Monday, Mr. Otokunor clarified that the tag remained in relationship to a picked group of individuals in government and not every person of the Akyem tribe.
“Indeed we are talking about the Agyapa Deal and how fraudulent we think it has been, and how a group of people from the president’s family are planning to dupe an entire country.
“And that is where the tag came from. It doesn’t mean all Akyems are ‘Sakawa’ boys” he said.
Mr. Otokunor additionally backed earlier assertions by the NDC’s flagbearer, John Mahama that the President, Akufo-Addo has no right to demand an apology or slam being called names.
He insisted that the management of the governing party given that 2016 has actually resorted to a “name calling project” and so had no reason to whine.
“We have had occasions where President Mahama has been called ‘incompetent Mahama’, which ruins his title as a President.
“On no occasion did President Akufo-Addo and his running mate call President Mahama a President with the word incompetent in exclusion,” he claimed.
Mr Otokunor firmly insists that the party is not taking a look at pulling back the statement, as the subject has just come to be an issue of national issue because of President Akufo-Addo’s reactions.
“There is not going to be an apology about it.
“We are only discussing this because of the President’s reaction. Mahama did not express that level of anger, and that is why we didn’t have everybody discussing it and calling for an apology”.
Source: Ghana Waves