Mustapha Hamid, the minister for Information has debunked claims that President Akufo-Addo is visiting the Ashanti Region due to the recent tensions within the party and its affiliates.
According to him, there is no correlation between the president's trip and the New Patriotic Party's current crisis.
According to a report by Citifmonline.com, Mustapha Hamid was addressing a press conference on Friday, when he said, "this is an institutionalized arrangement where every month he will visit a region. We cannot envisage what trouble will come next month, when we are going to the next region, but if by accident, something happens and he is there, it is purely accidental.”
Following the recent actions of the Delta Force vigilante group associated with the NPP, where members stormed the Ashanti Regional Security premises and attempted to forcibly remove the regional security coordinator, George Adjei, there have been many calls for the disbandment of these groups.
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, was subsequently summoned to the Flagstaff House to explain circumstances under which the Delta Force stormed the premises of the Regional Coordinating Council, vandalized property and assaulted the security coordinator.
The group has since apologized for their misconduct and have pledged to support the security coordinator.
Remarking further on the president's visit and the NPP's current issues, the information minister said,"It has nothing to do with this matter otherwise it wouldn’t be institutionalized. It would just be to go to the Ashanti Region and wait till there is trouble in another region, but that is not the case. Every month, once he is in Ghana, he will make sure he’s in a region to interact with people."
The president is expected visit some places in the Ashanti Region during his tour, including the Kumasi Central Market and will also speak to the media while he is there.