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Rawlings condemns Attivor over ‘tribal comments

The tribal statement made by the Former Minister of Transport, Dzifa Ativor, has drawn a large condemnation from the general public, The NDC and The Former President, Jerry John Rawlings.

While addressing NDC supporters, in Ketu South Dzifa Attivor, who stepped down from Government after the GHC 3.6 million Smarty’s Bus Branding Saga, expressed fears that she will be put behind bars, if The NPP wins power from The NDC this year.

Referring to the record of The NPP Government, between 2001 and 2008, Dzifa Attivor claimed The NPP targeted only members of her ethnic group for prosecution. The Former described her utterances as distasteful.

But the Regional Deputy Communications of Officer of the NDC, Ben Ati Chester, in an interview, with XYZ News said, The Party never condemned Madam Dzifa Ativor. According to him, her statement was a historical fact.
He said, he sees nothing wrong with the statement made by the Former Transport Minister, Dzifa Ativor. Here is President, Jerry John Rawlings’ full statement.

STATEMENT ON ETHNOCENTRIC COMMENTS BY DZIFA ATTIVOR

My attention has been drawn to a statement made by a former Minister for Transport, Dzifa Attivor at a political event at Wodoaba in the Volta Region.

I find it distasteful that aside making ethnocentric references accusing the NPP Presidential candidate of being tribalistic, she also insinuated that because I was the Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the electorate in the Volta Region should vote for the party on that basis.

Before making such unfortunate statements let’s remove the logs in our own eyes. I do not subscribe to the politics of ethnic bias and never have. While I may not be a fan of the NPP, I know their presidential candidate is not tribalistic or ethnocentric.

Whatever Nana Ado’s shortcomings, tribalism is not one of them. Some known and respected Voltarians like Nutifafa Kuenyehia should be able to testify to his political nature.

As we draw closer to the next Presidential and Parliamentary elections we all as Ghanaians expect ALL PARTIES involved in the process to base their arguments and campaign rhetoric on the truth and desist from emotional and non-factual statements, especially where my name has to be mentioned.

I implore the electorate not to allow immature behaviour and pronouncements to cloud their judgement.

Thank you.

Source: radioxyzonline.com

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