Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has debunked claims he endorsed Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as an aspiring candidate in the New Patriotic Party’s flagbearership race.
The attention of the office of Former President John Minna has been drawn to an erroneous reportage in some sections of the media. especially on social media, to the ‘ effect that President Kufuor has endorsed an aspiring candidate for the NPP flagbearership over several others who have expressed interest to contest in the rate.
This Office wants to emphatically deny that any such endorsement took place on the said occasion and bemoans the fact that what transpired has been seriously misconstrued.
Former President Kufuor and Vice-president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia were both guests of honour at a Father’s Day soiree that was organized by the Peduase Valley Resort and Hotel last Sunday June 19th at the hotel premises. The MC for the occasion was Mr Kwame Sefa.Kayi who stated that when the Vice-president was invited the day before, he was on assignment in the North and appeared unable to be present. He continued that when Dr Bawumia was told that former President Kufuor would also be in attendance it reported that he said “if it is Kuluor, then I will surely come.”
In his remarks, the former President shared how touching it was to him to heat what the Vice-president was reported to have said. The occasion being a Father’s Day event. President Kufuor commented on the father-son relationships between him and the MC… Kwame Sefa-Kayi, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, who was also there, and the Mamfehene who was also in attendance. He also reminisced the close father-son relationship between him and Dr Bawumia and elaborated on how the Vice-president was only one month one day younger than his (Kufuor’s) own eldest child. John Addo Kufuor. For this reason. Mr Kufuor continued that he had always been close to the Vice president treated him like a true son. There was nothing political about his remarks or even the occasion.
President Kufuor wants people to know that the other much talked-about prospective NPP flagbearership candidates like John Alan Kyerematen. Boakye Agyarko., Joe Ghartey and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto all have close relationshipsvwith him. Ofcourse Dr Akoto is his younger brother. The former President believes that any of those motioned, when. selected by the party to be the flagbearer, would be able to discharge the work of the flagbearer very firmly and effectively.
In the upcoming NPP Flagbearership race, in order to achieve party unity and sustain it thereafter for victory of the party in the 2024 elections. what President Kufuor expects from the party and political hierarchies are fair and un-engineered systems and processes that would lead to a fair selection of our next NPP flagbearer. This should be devoid of coercion and machinations so that the eventual selected nominee. coming out of the uncompromised freewill of the voting delegates. can easily command the support and respect of all party faithful. and indeed. other Ghanaians sympathetic to our cause, towards ‘breaking the eight’:
This office wants to emphatically deny that any such endorsement took place on the said occasion and bemoans the fact that what transpired has been seriously misconstrued” a statement signed by Senior Aide and Spokesman Dr Kwabena Osei-Adubofour said.