The New Patriotic Party has hit back at Alhaji Haruna Attah, claiming his allegations against Nana Akuffo-Addo are lies and fabrications intended to tarnish his image.
Haruna Attah, a former NPP supporter who switched to the NDC and is currently Ghana’s ambassador to Namibia, said in a statement that Nana Akuffo-Addo is ethnocentric, and once told him that a Northerner would never lead the NPP.
Haruna Attah’s statement comes in the wake of the President’s comments in the North whilst campaigning, in which he painted the NPP as being against Northeners. He said the party is using them to dump them, and said their treatement of former vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama proves his point.
After being condemned for the tribal comments from the general public and receiving a condemnation from media watchdog the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Attah’s piece was to paint Nana Addo as the tribalistic one and the President as simply telling the truth.
But in a quick rebuttal to the issue, Nana Addo’s spokesperson, Mustapha Hamid, says nothing in Attah’s statement is true. He said they are made up by himself and that the meeting he describes with Nana Addo never took place.
“The fact is that he is telling a lie. It is a total fabrication, no such conversation took place between him and Akufo-Addo. You should credit Akufo-Addo with some intelligence.” he told Starr FM.
“If the man dislikes Northerners, and he’s telling that to northerners? When he is in the political battle and has been running presidential primaries since 1998. It means that he had an ambition that predates the 2007 date that Harruna Attah alleges that the conversation took place.
“So for somebody to want to be President and be telling Northerners in their face that I dislike you and that you cannot lead our party; it’s so childish and myopic, it is not true,” he emphatically added.