General News of Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Founder and leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga has described the 2016 flag-bearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Dr Edward Mahama as a ‘disgrace’ for accepting an appointment as an Ambassador-at-Large in the Nana Akufo-Addo government.
Criticising his decision, Mr Ayariga wondered why Dr Mahama accepted such position since he believes the position is below his status.
“What does an ambassador at large means if not a messenger. Even the President’s aide is higher than an ambassador at large position because he will only serve tea and do errands for Nana Addo” he said on Accra-based Okay.
The PNC 2016 flagbearer has come under a barrage of attacks after accepting the appointment without recourse to the party. An ambassador-at-large is an ambassador with special duties but not appointed to a particular country.
National Executives led by Chairman Bernard Mornah are considering a number of sanctions including expelling Dr. Edward Mahama from the party for not consulting them.
Though the failed presidential hopeful has explained that his decision to take the appointment was in the interest of the state, the PNC said it is a big insult to them.
But for Mr Ayariga, the PNC must query Dr Mahama on his acceptance of the appointment as it does not augur well for the PNC as a party.
Mr Ayariga could not cannot fathom why the same Dr Edward Mahama will turn down juicy offers including becoming a Vice President, a cabinet minister and only turn round to accept a position that is equal to a messenger.
“The PNC should sit him down and ask him why he refused an offer in Kufuor’s regime to be a running mate but rather go in to be an ambassador …I mean a messenger.
“His position is not as special as he see it. I’m believing to think that he took that position so he could enjoy small privileges or maybe he wants to enjoy a diplomatic passport and other privileges with his ‘boy boy’ job.” he stressed.
He called on the PNC leader to immediately reject that position since that is not a position for a presidential candidate.