The Eastern Regional chairman of the National Democratic Congress, Bismark Tawiah Boateng, has denied claims that he dared former president Mahama to publish the names of party officials that misused the 2016 campaign funds.
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In a statement released to the press, Mr Boateng refutes the allegations in the stories circulating across some media platforms, while accusing the writers of misrepresenting his words during their translation from Twi to English.
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According to Mr Boateng, he rather approves of the former president's declaration to reveal these persons, rather than opposing it as some media houses claim.
Below is the full statement by Mr. Tawiah Boateng, courtesy of Ghanaweb:
I Have Not Dared President Mahama
I have become aware of a story circulating on adomonline, GhanaWeb and other online portals with a headline suggesting I am daring President John Dramani Mahama, our beloved former President.
I wish to place on record and beyond any doubt that my utmost respect for President Mahama will not make the said story tenable. This story is a case of twisted translation of an interview granted in 'Twi' to English.
In that interview, the host of the show sought to know from me what I make of newspaper claims that our beloved former president Mahama will soon drop names of functional executive’s committee members whom he gave money to for the 2016 campaign but ended up in individual pockets. In my response I WELCOMED that decision because I felt that would put a stop to the several accusations that some executives of the party have embezzled funds meant to run the campaign. To my utmost surprise, I woke up this morning to this headline: NDC CHAIRMAN DARES PRESIDENT MAHAMA.
I find it strange that the author of the story couldn't differentiate between WELCOMING a decision and DARING same.
I wish to once again place on record that I have not dared President Mahama as it is being suggested.
Bismark Tawia Boateng
Regional Chairman, NDC - Eastern Region
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