The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says the party is partly to blame for the seeming hostile attitude by residents of the Volta Region towards the NPP.
Akufo-Addo said the posture and attitude by some party officials have
largely contributed to the dwindling fortunes of the NPP in the Volta
The flagbearer was speaking during a meeting with the Volta Region House of Chiefs on Friday.
meeting comes at a time when relationship between the NPP and residents
of Volta Region have further been strained following the ethnocentric
comments made by the NPP Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy
One of the Chiefs in an angry reaction to the comments
by Agyapong said the people in the Volta Region will start no war or
throw cudgels, machetes but will live to read the obituaries of their
But Nana Addo told Volta Regional House of Chiefs: “I
want to state here with all the emphasis at my command that I have no
ethnic agenda or condone any such agenda.”
He said he supported the decision by the party to dissociate itself from the comments made by the Assin North MP.
He would not comment on the details of the statements, preferring rather to have the courts deal with the matter.
Addo however admitted his party has not done enough to mend the
strained relationship between the NPP and people from the Volta Region.
said beyond the programmes of the NPP for equitable development across
all regions in the country, the party has failed to communicate well
with the people in the Volta Region.
A journalist who was present
during the meeting told Joy News the chiefs appeared impressed with the
frank discussion with Nana Addo.
According to him, the chiefs
asked series of questions with one asking Nana Addo’s personal opinion
on the controversial comment made by Kennedy Agyapong.
journalist reported Nana Addo as saying he would not support any
ethnocentric comment by any member of his party and backed the court to
continue with its job of prosecuting the case.
The NPP Campaign
manager, Boakye Agyarko described the meeting as fruitful, explaining it
was to lay before the House of Chiefs the vision of the NPP for the
country and for the region.
Agyarko said the people of Volta
Region, like all others, will be looking for progress and opportunities
to make life better for themselves and their families and that will play
a major role in choosing which party to vote for.
Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Ransford Gyampoh applauded
the move by Nana Addo to dissociate himself from the comments of the MP
and to take steps to patch strained relationship with the Volta Region
House of Chiefs.
He was however skeptical the move would change the voting patterns of the people in the Volta Region.
If anything, it will rather convince floating voters,” he said.