- Kojo Yankah, has replied supporters of former President John Mahama who insulted him
- The former NDC minister told the 'Mahama boys' insults have never won an argument, let alone an election
Former Minister of Information Kojo Yankah has warned the youth of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to desist from the habit of insulting anyone who disagrees with John Mahama’s decision to contest the 2020 elections.
According to him, insults have never won an election in Ghana and 2020 election will be no different.
Mr. Yankah’s comments come after he was subjected to strong criticism by some NDC faithfuls, who believed he had been unfair to Mahama.
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In a Facebook post, the educationist said the former president must rethink his decision to stage a comeback for the 2020 elections.
He said although he acknowledges Mahama’s efforts during his first term, he would still advice that the one-time president stays as a statesman and rather focuses on international duties.
However, these comments did not go down well with some Mahama fans, with one of them accusing Mr. Yankah of accepting monies from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to speak in the manner he did.
But in another Facebook post, though, the AUCC founder said he was only expressing his opinions as permitted by democracy.
He advised his critics to refrain from insults, adding that such attitudes are unproductive when it comes to winning elections.
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“Democracy, freedom of expression and the national good. It's a test of our ability to make progress while we debate that has been exhibited since my last post. I am familiar with critical expressions of one's opinion; that is the virtue of living in a free society,” Mr. Yankah wrote.
“My practice has been to ignore insulting, unproductive and discourteous remarks, most of which are borne out of ignorance, disregard or disrespect of other people's opinions, and a total lack of understanding of the issues at stake. My long experience with communication teaches me that insults have never won an argument, let alone an election.”
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