The office of former President Rawlings has issued a statement demanding an apology from the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) Volta Regional Chairman, Peter Amewu, for claims made on national television last Thursday.
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In an interview on the JOYNEWS channel on Multi Tv last week NPP Volta Regional Chairman, John Peter Amewu, claimed that former President Rawlings contributed to the NDC's defeat at the presidential polls, and he praised the elderly statesman for what he described as the aid he lent to the party.
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He also claimed that former President Rawlings called him while provisional results were coming in after the December 7th elections, an allegation the former President described as "foolhardy, imprudent" and absolutely disrespectful to the former President.
"To make such untruthful and absurd claims of a follow up telephone call which can easily be verified is foolhardy, imprudent, unbecoming of a political actor who is supposed to lead with integrity and absolutely disrespectful to former President Rawlings,"
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Read full statement below:
December 20, 2016
NPP CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENTS ON
FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS FALSE
The office of former President Jerry John Rawlings has noted with utter disgust and disappointment the false and malicious claims made by the Volta Regional Chairman of the N.P.P. Mr. John Peter Amewu.
In an interview broadcast on Joy News TV on the 15th of December, 2016, and later carried by other affiliate news portals, the N.P.P. chairman sought to create the impression of a rapport between himself and the former President without recourse to any form of decency. Amongst other things Mr. Amewu stated “I want to say a big thank you to him (President Rawlings). Even on the night of elections when the results were coming in, he did call”.
For the records the former President has met and talked to Mr. Amewu only once in his lifetime. This encounter which was at the full glare of the media took place when he led the Volta Regional executives to pay a courtesy call on the former President after he was enstooled as the Nutsifafa Fiaga of the Anlo Traditional Area. The purpose of the visit was to lodge a complaint about the alleged attempts by non-Ghanaians across the Ghana-Togo border to vote in the just ended Ghanaian presidential and parliamentary elections. In a very brief response the former president informed the group that their concerns would be forwarded to the appropriate quarters.
To make such untruthful and absurd claims of a follow up telephone call which can easily be verified is foolhardy, imprudent, unbecoming of a political actor who is supposed to lead with integrity and absolutely disrespectful to former President Rawlings.
The office therefore demands an apology and retraction of the said falsehood in the same manner and prominence such false claims were carried.
Kobina Andoh Amoakwa