NDC chair, opposition parties condemn Attivor over ethnocentric comments

 

NDC chair, opposition parties condemn Attivor over ethnocentric comments

The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has added its voice to the wave of demands on former Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor, to retractand apologizes for her ethnocentric comment.

According to the Greater Accra Regional Chairman, Ade Coker, the former Ministers comment was in bad taste. He said, I dont agree with the narrowness of her statement.

Addressing a gathering of NDC party supporters in the Volta region, Mrs. Attivor charged them to ensure that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is kept out of power else members of the governing NDC, who are Ewesfrom the region, would be jailed.

To buttress her point, she cited cases of two former NDC government officials namely - Victor Selormey and Dan Abodakpi - who were prosecuted by the Kufuor government.

Dzifa Attivor resigned her ministerial position in 2015 following the controversy surrounding the 116 Metro Mass bus rebranding. The government found the contract to have been bloated and asked the company that executed it, SmarttysManagement Production to return 1.5 million cedis to the state.

Dzifa Attivor said the NPP governmenttargeted only Ewes for prosecution and that if the party won the November elections, herself and Fifi Kwetey, MP for Ketu South, would go to jail.

But speaking to Joy News, Mr. Coker said it was improper for the former Minister to narrowher comments to Ewes.

He, however, noted that the Mrs. Attivors comment was meant to draw the attention of Ghanaians to the issue of political victimization which he says has been going on in the country for a long time.

General Secretary of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Atik Mohammed minced no words in pointing out that, The comment made by the former minister is an admission of guilt.

According to him, Mrs. Attivors comment means that she has committed some crime at the Transport Ministry for which she was afraid she wouldbe jailed.

Atik argues: If you havent committed a crime, I am sure the persons conscience will be clear and there will be no concern about being jailed.

He said asking the former Minister to retract and apologize for her comment will not help andrequested the matter be referred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for proper investigation.

Flagbearer of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Ivor Greenstreet expressedsurprise over the comments. He said an intelligent woman like the former Minister should not be making such comments.

He called on her to retract the comment and follow that with an apology to all Ghanaians.


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