Two-time presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has responded to statements made against him by two members of the Campaign Team of Alan Kyerematen, Dr Richard Anane and Hilda Addo for the first time.
The two recently issued the statements to discredit Nana Akufo-Addo.
Dr Anane, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nhyieso, claimed during the campaign launch of Alan Kyerematen that after the NPP flagbearership race in 1998, Akufo-Addo instructed members of his campaign team to approach the leadership of party to force the then elected flagbearer of the party, John Agyekum Kufuor to step down for him.
His colleague Hilda Addo, a former MP for Kwadaso and spokesperson for Alan in the Ashanti, also alleged that Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor deserted his brother, John Agyekum Kufuor to support Akufo-Addo in the race.
A statement issued and signed by Eugene Arhin, Nana Addo’s press secretary, described the comments as ‘wholly untrue.’
According to him, ‘They were aimed solely at rewriting history based on fabrications they have manufactured.’
The statement said, ‘Nana Akufo-Addo did not instruct any member of his campaign team to approach the party leadership to change the elected flagbearer of the party in 1998 nor was any such approach made.’
‘Additionally, Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor was not a member of Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign team in the run-up to the Sunyani congress of 1998, neither did he offer any support to Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign,’ it emphasized.
The Akufo-Addo team said ‘these attempts to rewrite history and fabricate issues from 16 years ago hopefully to prop up the campaign of a presidential aspirant are reprehensible and must be condemned in no uncertain terms.’
It said they were unfazed by some of these spurious allegations and attempts to rewrite the history of the party.
The team is focused on winning the upcoming flagbearership race massively and would therefore not be distracted by such tangential issues, it indicated.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu
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