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The attempt by the former Minister of Transport, Dziva Attivor to use the name of the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Dr. Jerry John Rawlings to play a tribal political card has backfired.







The former president, who is now behaving as a real statesman, has not only condemned the irresponsible statement made by the former Transport Minister, but has also exonerated the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo from ethnocentric politics.

“I do not subscribe to the politics of ethnic bias and never have. While I may not be a fan of the NPP, I know their presidential candidate is not tribalistic or ethnocentric. Whatever Nana Addo's shortcomings, tribalism is not one of them.

“Some known and respected Voltarians like Nutifafa Kuenyehia should be able to testify to his political nature,” Dr. Rawlings noted in a statement he issued yesterday in reaction to the comment made by the former Transport Minister.

Mrs. Dzifa Attivor had told an NDC rally at Wodoaba in the Volta Region that she feared she and Fifi Fiavi Kwetey would be jailed should NPP come to power and that they had previously jailed prominent Ewe people, such as the late Victor Selormey and Dan Abodakpi among others. She said Ewes should, therefore, not vote for the NPP to come to power.

But Dr. Rawlings in the statement said: “I find it distasteful that aside making ethnocentric references accusing the NPP Presidential candidate of being tribalistic, she also insinuated that because I was the Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) the electorate in the Volta Region should vote for the party on that basis.”

The following is Rawlings' full statement;
My attention has been drawn to a statement made by a former Minister for Transport, Dzifa Attivor at a political event at Wodoaba in the Volta Region. I find it distasteful that aside making ethnocentric references accusing the NPP Presidential candidate of being tribalistic, she also insinuated that because I was the Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the electorate in the Volta Region should vote for the party on that basis.

Before making such unfortunate statements let's remove the logs in our own eyes. I do not subscribe to the politics of ethnic bias and never have. While I may not be a fan of the NPP, I know their presidential candidate is not tribalistic or ethnocentric. Whatever Nana Addo's shortcomings, tribalism is not one of them. Some known and respected Voltarians like Nutifafa Kuenyehia should be able to testify to his political nature.

As we draw closer to the next Presidential and Parliamentary elections, we all as Ghanaians expect ALL PARTIES involved in the process to base their arguments and campaign rhetoric on the truth and desist from emotional and non-factual statements, especially where my name has to be mentioned. I implore the electorate not to allow immature behaviour and pronouncements to cloud their judgement. Thank you.







Credit: Ghanaian Chronicle

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