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The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has called on political parties to engage in issues-based campaigns instead of insults and violence in the lead up to the 2020 elections.
He made these remarks when the Vice President and the running mate of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace to begin his tour of the Ashanti Region.
The Asantehene said “This year’s election requires the government to campaign and let people know what they have done since they assumed office like they are currently doing and also have time to explain them well for people to appreciate what they have done. It’s not a fight but a contest of ideas. So all political parties should tell Ghanaians what they have done before and what they can do should they be given power. If it happens, Ghanaians will better appreciate who to vote for during the elections.”
“We don’t want any fighting issues in the country because this is the only country we have, so I urge them all to engage in an issue-based campaign and Ghanaians will vote for the deserving candidate,” he added.
Dr. Bawumia explained why he was at the palace saying he came to ask for the blessings of the King and show what the government has done since it came into power.
“I came here today to introduce myself to him. I came into the Ashanti Region to campaign and I can’t proceed with my campaign without coming to introduce myself to him and asking for his blessings. We only want to show to the people what we have done since we assumed the administration of the country in 2017, so they can retain us in power for another four more years and all our parliamentary candidates in the Region. It’s going to be a contest of ideas and not anything else.” he said.
Source: Ghana Waves