Several calls for the 2016 presidential candidate of the largest opposition group, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, to condemn a damning secret tape involving one of his party’s bigwigs, Yaw Osafo Maafo, have been rejected by the over 71-year old.
He instead jumped to the defense of the ex-Finance Minister by endorsing the widely condemned claim, confirming reports that Mr. Osafo-Marfo, would play a prominent role in an Akufo-Addo government.
The twice defeated presidential aspirant, stated that his Akyem tribesman did nothing wrong, aside stating the obvious, which is that the five Akan-speaking regions namely; Ashanti, Eastern, Central, Brong Ahafo and Western Regions, should be the sole rulers of this country.
Ironically, President John Kufuor, who both Nana Addo and Mr. Osafo-Marfo served as Ministers, had condemned the tribal comment, just like Dr. Arthur Kennedy and Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe; all stalwarts of the NPP.
The three times presidential candidate, gave his stamp of approval to Mr. Osafo-Marfo’s ethnocentric comments on Wednesday, in an in-studio interview with Nathaniel Kwabena Anokye Adisi alias “Bola Ray” on Starr FM.
The former Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South, who was speaking about the issue for the first time said, but for the twists and turns that greeted the secret audio tape, the issue could not have been anything serious as they were meant to explain the economic realities of Ghana and elsewhere in the world.
Mr. Osafo-Marfo, an NPP founding member, came under fire and witnessed a major demonstration organised by the Coalition For The Defence Of Equal Citizenship (CODEC) over a month ago, when during a meeting with Eastern Regional Council of elders of his party that non-Akans from regions which do not possess the resources of the country, are rather in-charge of the governance of the country, instead of Akans.
“We should protect ourselves, we should protect our income. No one, who is the source of income, the source of revenue, the source of resources; allows another person without those resources the chance [to rule over them]. It’s never done anywhere in the world. In the world over, it is the group with the most resources that rules and not the other way around,” the voice said.
But Nana Addo observed, “once again, what was being said by Osafo Maafo, I don’t understand them to be tribal comments. Stating some comments about what the economic realities of our country were. But it is politics off course, it is easy for things to be misinterpreted and one has always have to be in expectation of that”.
According to the onetime Minister for Justice and Attorney General, he did not comment on the tape of the former Akim Oda MP, because the party’s General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong , had issued a statement which bind all party members.
“So I felt that once the party has commented through the general secretary , it bind all of us so there was no need to
make a special comment”, he explained.
Not knowing which part of the world or countries Mr Maafo was referring to, the ex-legislature, who served several portfolios under the erstwhile Kufuor administration said, “In the world over, it is the group with the most resources that rules and not the other way around,” the voice said.
Unfortunately for Mr. Maafo, his point does not support the reality on the ground. In countries such as China, United States of America (USA), they do not have any special natural resources like Ghana has (aside US’s oil), but they have developed because they depend on their rich human resources available.
In Nigeria, where Nana Addo is comparing himself to the recently elected President, Muhuhamed Buhari, the country’s oil which it is famous for, is in the southern part of the country where the defeated President, Goodluck Jonathan hails, but Nigerians voted for a man from the northern part, which is predominately farmers’ enclave.
Meanwhile, in the same interview, Nana Akufo-Addo, regretted ever making the infamous ‘All-die-be -die comment ahead of the 2012 general election. Conceding that the statement might have contributed to his defeat, he indicated that he would choose his words carefully, if given a second chance.
He said the statement was twisted to achieve various political effects and hence was not happy about that.
Nana Addo, believes his infamous ‘All-die-be-die’ statement which became major talking point in the 2012 Elections, contributed to his defeat.
“What I regret is that at the time, I didn’t use the occasion to explain what had happened because it has been twisted as if I was saying something tribalistic, I wasn’t saying something war-like and provocative.
On the contrary, that is not what I was saying so to that extent, yes I regret the uproar which it caused, but I think that even more regret, is the inability to explain what it is that I was saying. So yes I do regret it”, he ended.
His comments were seen as inciting NPP supporters to war and mayhem.