Johnson Avuletey, deputy minister-designate for Volta region, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, retracted an earlier claim that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) was a taboo in the Volta region.
Avuletey said it was a slip of tongue, and apologised.
“NPP, the party I belong to, is a taboo in the Volta Region? It is a slip of tongue; I’m sorry,” he told the Appointments Committee of Parliament, in Accra, before which he appeared for vetting.
Ghanaweb.com reports that his retraction followed a question from Alhaji Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, a member of the Appointments Committee and MP for the Asawase Constituency in the Ashanti region if he stood by an earlier statement during the vetting that the NPP was a taboo in the Volta region.
Alhaji Muntaka pointed out that Michael Yaw Jato, MP for Krachi East, from the Volta Region, is in Parliament on the ticket of the NPP.
Following retraction and the apology, Alhaji Muntaka explained that the NPP’s presence is recognised in the Volta region, and got about 100,000 votes in the last elections.
Equally, he represents the people of the Asawase Constituency in the Ashanti Region, where the NPP is more popular than the NDC, but to him, the Ashanti region is a stronghold of the NDC, and for that, he had being asking his party to work to improve its electoral gains in the Ashanti region.
Alhaji Muntaka then went on to urge politicians to be conscious of making statements that unite the people rather than dividing them.
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