Former President Jerry Rawlings has said he finds it “distasteful”, a comment by former Transport Minister, Mrs Dzifa Attivor that Voltarians should vote for the governing National Democratic Congress on the basis that he, a Voltarian, founded the party.
“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,” Mr Rawlings said in a statement on Wednesday April 27 in condemnation of Mrs Attivor’s comment.
At a recent NDC rally in the Volta Region, the party’s stronghold, Mrs Attivor, who resigned a couple of months ago in connection with an overpriced bus branding scandal, told party members to ensure the NPP does not return to power, otherwise an Akufo-Addo government will embark on a jailing spree of Ewes just as former President John Kufuor did during his tenure, citing the imprisonment of former government officials Victor Selormey and Dan Abodakpi to buttress her point.
Mr Rawlings admonished the NDC in his statement that: “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 Addo’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,” Mr Rawlings added.