The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has condemned the Mahamudu Bawumia over comments he made over the weekend 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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The comments have sparked widespread outrage, with the National Organiser of the ruling National Democratic Congress NDC), Kofi Adams, describing them as silly and barbaric.
Mr Adams told Accra-based Joy FM on Monday that such comments should not be tolerated in Ghana politics, especially coming from Dr Bawumia, a PhD holder.
He rejected the claim that the Flagstaff House was skewed against Muslims, stressing that NDC administrations had initiated monumental changes and improvements in Muslim communities.
He added that yearly pilgrimages to Hajj, for instance, have seen better organisation today under the administration of President John Mahama.