Member of Parliament (MP), Odododiodioo constituency, Nii Lantey Vandrpuye has affirmed that the people of Akyem will still vote for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) despite their flagbearer describing them as “Sakawa people”, they still ave their voters there.
A few days ago, President Akufo-Addo expressed his disappointments at the former president of Ghana, Mr John Dramani for sharing some alleged ethnocentric comments to the effect that the people of Akyem are “Sakawa people” on his Facebook page.
It is against this background that the MP for Odododiodioo constituency, Mr Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has stated that even though this statement has been made and shared, the people of Akyem including some prominent persons in the NDC and other voters who hail from Akyem would continue to vote for them.
“The people who vote for us in the Akyem area will continue to vote for the NDC irrespective of what has happened. We have much more respected members in the NDC who hail from that area”.
He thus went ahead to also state that the NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, won’t apologize over the statement he made regardless of the uproar and condemnation that statement has attracted.
“Our National Chairman is an Akyem, the Chairman of our Manifesto Committee is an Akyem and a Royal so, there are people in our party who are Akyem. Our flagbearer will not apologise for anything” he mentioned.
Mr Isaac Adongo, Bolgatanga Central, used this ethnocentric phrase in a write-up that sought to lampoon the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned former President John Dramani Mahama for endorsing ethnocentric comments made against Akyems.
Already the MFWA’s 2020 monitoring of language use on radio ahead of the 2020 polls cited a total of 156 indecent expressions used by radio show hosts and influential political party officials.
A post by Bolgatanga Central Member of Parliament, Isaac Adongo described elements from the New Patriotic Party as “Akyem Sakawa Boys” in relation to the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal.
SOURCE: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI