Ashanti Region NPP twisting Mahama’s ‘goat’ analogy - Odike

John Dramani Manama; Presidential Candidate for NDC John Dramani Manama; Presidential Candidate for NDC

The founder and leader of United Progressive Party (UPP),Kwasi Addai Odike, has accused the Ashanti Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of twisting the words of former President John Mahama about the relationship between the NPP and Ashantis, saying the ex-President, does not owe the regional branch of the ruling party no retraction and apology.

The former president, at the start of his campaign tour in the Region, took issues with how the NPP, has taken the region for granted, saying the ruling party feels even a 'goat' would be voted for so long as it represents that party.

Mr Mahama, made the analogy after asking the people of the Region to shift their voting trends because, to him, the NPP has taken Ashantis for granted.

But it has irked the Ashanti Region branch of the NPP and they insist President Mahama, must retract and apologise to Asanteman for the analogy on the relationship between Ashantis and NPP, and why the ruling party can't mention any development in the area.

Speaking on Akoma FM's morning show GhanAkoma on Wednesday, November 11, the Ashanti Region Organizer for the NPP, Francis Adomako, described the statement as loose, unfortunate and inappropriate for a former president.

"I am calling on the NDC flagbearer to retract his comment and apologize to the good people of Ashanti for such highly critical languages."

Mr Adomako, called on Mr Mahama to be decorous and cautious in his pronouncements.

Panelists on the Morning Show were founder and leader of United Progressive Party (UPP), Kwasi Addai Odike and Ghana's Ambassador to Congo Brazzaville Kingsley Attah Boafo.

Supporting the position of the NPP organizer, Attah Boafo, described Mr Mahama's utterances as below the belt and unfortunate, because none of the NPP aspirants is a 'goat' as the former president claims.

"In Ashanti Region, we speak in parables so you can't just say anything when you mount political platforms. Please come again because I least expected such a pedestrian talk from a former president."

But Kwasi Addai Odike, differed from the stance of the other panelists, explained that the former president was taken out of context.

He said Mr Mahama was just describing how attached Ashantis are to NPP, despite blatant failure in the Region.

Odike, said the NPP government must be kicked out for their poor performance in the Ashanti Region.