Former New Patriotic Party presidential hopeful, Arthur Kennedy, has condemned comments made by Mahamudu Bawumia over the weekend to the effect that there was religious imbalance at the Flagstaff House and that a New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration would correct that when it won power in November.
Addressing supporters of the party in the Sissala East district of the Upper West Region over the weekend, Dr Bawumia had urged them to vote for the NPP in the upcoming elections in order to bring religious balance to the presidency as, according to him, the seat of government does not adequately reflect one part of the two dominant religious groupings in the country.
“Another major issue that I want to bring to the attention of the people is that, if we look at the flagstaff house today, it does not reflect the people of Ghana in terms of religion.
“We are in this country living peacefully and nicely – Christians and Muslims. So we believe in the NPP that Christians and Muslims should work together and that is why whenever we pick a flagbearer as a Christian, we pick a Muslim as a vice.
"And when we come and pick a Muslim as a flagbearer, we will pick a Christian as a vice. So if, Insha Allah, Nana Akufo-Addo becomes president, he will swear with the Bible and enter the Flagstaff and I will swear with the Quran and enter the flagstaff House,” he said.
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Condemning the remarks in a statement, Dr Kennedy said the NPP running-mate had joined the ranks of those dividing Ghana.
He said whereas Dr Bawumia had claimed that there were not enough Muslims at the Flagstaff House, he failed to state whether there were enough of those who were neither Christians nor Muslims.
He added that Dr Bawumia' s late father, who, he said, was a respected consensus builder would turn in his grave upon hearing the comments by his son.
"Those who joined me in condemnation of Madam Ativor last week should be condemning Dr Bawumia. Those who defended Madam Ativor should be defending Dr Bawumia," he added.
Last week the former transport minister, Mrs Dzifa Attivor, drew similar condemnation when she made comments that were deemed ethnocentric.
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She said during the launch of a group called ‘Ketu South For Fifi And Mahama’ at Wodoaba in the Ketu South district of the Volta Region on Tuesday that the NPP targeted only members of her ethnic group for prosecution.
She added that if the Volta Region did not vote for the NDC, she would end up in jail with an NPP government in power.