General News of Sunday, 22 February 2015
Communications Minister Dr Edward Omane Boamah has accused the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) of deliberately “whipping up ethnocentric and tribalistic sentiments” ahead of the 2016 elections.
In his view, the party is resorting to such measures because it has no credible message of achievements going into the elections.
The comments come on the back of a recently leaked audio recording in which a voice resembling that of former finance minister Yaw Osafo Marfo was heard grumbling that even though about 90 percent of Ghana’s natural resources are concentrated in mainly Akan-speaking regions of the country, it is people who come from regions without resources that are governing the country.
The tape was apparently captured at a meeting between the former Finance Minister and the NPP’s Council of Elders in the Eastern region.
Speaking on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji Saturday, the acting Presidential spokesperson said it is strange that the leading opposition figure chose to discuss tribalism instead of problems confronting the country.
“They know very well ‘dumsor’ (Erratic power supply) will be a thing of the past by the time we approach election 2016 and so they have to look at whipping up ethnocentric tribalistic sentiments.
“Otherwise, you have ‘dumsor’ based on which you (NPP) are going to organise a demonstration so why won’t your party leaders discuss that instead, they are very clear in their minds that the measures we are taking to resolve the ‘dumsor’ will work”.