Dr. Apaak Warns Wontumi Against Ethnocentric Schemes

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Presidential Staffer, Dr. Clement Apaak, has rubbished claims made by certain “political operatives” in the country, that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) allegedly bused people from the Upper East Region, as part of a grand scheme to reduce NPP votes in Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti Region.

Dr. Apaak expressed his “utter disgust”, about the accusations made and questioned the “logic” behind it.

Per Ghana’s electoral voting pattern, the Ashanti region over the years, has remained a strong hold of the NPP. Although the Presidential staffer, didn’t direct his outburst at the NPP, but by inference, he did.

The NPP’s Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, had accused the NDC of transporting people from Upper East to Kumasi to participate in the voter’s registration exercise, so that they could vote for the NDC in the 2016 general elections.

Bernard Antwi Boasiako, nicknamed “Chairman Wontumi”, has widely being condemned by both the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia and the Ashanti Regional NDC Chairman, Mr. Obimpeh.

Both men suggested that “Chairman Wontumi”, who had created a taskforce arresting people of northern extraction, was mentally ill and needs psychiatric treatment.

“Chairman Wontumi”, had also said he did not trust the police from that region, as they were transferred there to help the NDC.

Dr. Apaak, on his part noted that these “schemes” are attempts by people to “seek to maintain their presence in the media limelight” and advised such persons to “put some critical thoughts into” such “schemes”.

He said, “I can’t make submission on this [limited voter’s registration exercise] without mentioning my utter disgust about the tendency of some political operatives in this country to create scenarios errh… create conditions that seek to keep them in the media limelight to make them popular. I particularly resent these attempts to try and suggest that the NDC bused people particularly from my home region of Upper East all the way to Kumasi to register. I mean how is this even logical?

“The Upper East region in terms of population is only bigger than the Upper West region and there’s no reason why a place that’s less populated will have people to spare to go to a densely populated part of the country to register to vote. What of [do you think about] the politicians from those part of the country? I’m from Upper East. I have my constituency. Would you really think that I will allow my party to come and take people from my constituency to go and register in Kumasi?

“It simply doesn’t make sense. So if people are seeking to maintain their presence in the media limelight, at least they should put some critical thoughts into those schemes. Simply arresting a bunch of innocent young people by virtue of what they look like or where they purportedly come from, standing in front of them and taking a picture cannot be used to justify this claim that they come from somewhere because your opponents are trying to flood your region with people that will vote for them come election day.

He cautioned all involved in such “schemes” to desist from being “ethnocentric” with their comments.

“Let’s get serious in this country because this kind of practices are not only insulting, but are extremely ethnocentric to suggest that they couldn’t have come from any other part of the country other than the northern part of the country and even much more insulting is to single out my particular region. What’s our crime? This types of behaviours cannot be tolerated. We’ve come a long way in terms of the evolution of our democracy.”

The Presidential staffer, made this comment last Saturday on radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji current affairs programme.

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