The leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it will meet the party’s running-mate, Mahamudu Bawumia, over comments he made over the weekend to the effect that the Flagstaff House was not religiously balanced.
The communications director of the NPP, Nana Akomea, told Accra-based Starr FM that the party would communicate their position on the matter after the meeting with Bawumia.
“We have to meet with Bawumia, then we will look at where the concerns are coming from and if we judge them to be genuine concerns then we will proceed but if we judge them not be genuine and being thrown in for political interest we will also be guided accordingly,” he said.
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.
The comments have sparked outrage, with many calling on Dr Bawumia to apologise.