An aspiring Member of Parliament for Kwesimintsim in the Western Region has described as absurd, accusations that he was applying the Covid-19 position of a sitting down MP as a campaign tool to unseat him.
Dr Prince Armah, who is also the Govt Secretary of the Nationwide Council for Curriculum and Evaluation (NaCCA), in a rejoinder stated such an accusation can only be malicious and a betrayal of his extended held dedication to a clean campaign.
He was reacting to feedback built on Good Morning Ghana, Wednesday, by Eugene Boakye Antwi MP for Subin and Deputy Minister for Will work and Housing.
In contributing to the debate on stigmatization, the Subin MP alleged some MP aspirants were being using the Covid-19 status as a marketing campaign resource in opposition to some MPs in advance of the party’s primaries.
He singled out the Kwesimintsim constituency accusing the opponent of the sitting MP of dabbling in Covid politics to acquire the seat.
But Dr Prince Armah says the accusations by the Subin MP were not only “shocking” but malicious.
“To propose that I would endeavor to co-opt this disaster, which is aware no race, tribe, social standing or gender for political uses is therefore an allegation so unhinged and malicious that I wrestle to fully grasp why any person would make or distribute it.
“Neither I, nor my marketing campaign would descend to these concentrations and I condemn the suggestion of my involvement as considerably as I condemn the first allegation about the MP’s standing,” he said.
The pursuing is the complete statement
Reaction to bogus allegations on Superior Morning Ghana
I have noted with shock and amazement, comments attributed to the Eugene Boakye Antwi, Member of Parliament for Subin and Deputy Minister for Will work and Housing, suggesting that I experienced began a rumour that Joseph Mensah, incumbent Member of Parliament for Kwesimintsim, had contracted Covid-19.
This is definitely wrong and has no basis in actuality. Certainly, I have been so consumed with my countrywide obligations at the National Council for Curriculum and Evaluation that I hardly seen the story, considering that debunked, that two users of our august home had analyzed positive for the virus.
Like each other Ghanaian, I am concerned about the unfold of the virus in our state and I have supported in any way I can to help overcome it. In my constituency, I have taken each opportunity I have to undertake public instruction on the matter.
Before any individual else in the constituency, I donated Veronica buckets, liquid soaps, hand sanitizers and other protecting materials to marketplaces, bus stations, hospitals, law enforcement stations and other sites where persons are very likely to congregate. In my general public commentary on the pandemic, I have sought to unfold relaxed and not worry, while lauding President Akufo Addo’s outstanding reaction to the world wide crisis.
To suggest that I would try to co-choose this disaster, which knows no race, tribe, social standing or gender for political applications is for that reason an allegation so unhinged and malicious that I struggle to realize why any person would make or unfold it.
Neither I nor my marketing campaign would descend to these concentrations and I condemn the recommendation of my involvement as much as I condemn the unique allegation about the MP’s standing. Our marketing campaign has been dependent on practically nothing but the difficulties that are of relevance to the folks of Kwesimintsim.
Commentary in and out of the constituency displays the actuality that we have run the cleanest marketing campaign in the constituency’s record. Typically, this has meant disregarding the lies and fabrications from the other facet and restraining our aggrieved supporters from reacting or responding. I can guarantee all people, which include the Deputy Minister and some others who may perhaps have been so deceived, that this will not adjust.
It is my organization belief that the Honourable Member of Parliament may possibly have been misled by significantly less scrupulous folks with a callous agenda. I am only unhappy that he selected to elevate this on a nationwide platform without having verification. It continues to be my company hope that he will, on realising the mistake, take measures to right it and restore the harm he has caused.
I would like to guarantee the people today of Kwesimintsim and the whole place that I will not, for whichever motive, descend to the degree of politics so insensitive, so self-centred and so empty that it has to depend on wishing sick on other individuals. I imagine that elections need to be practically nothing a lot more than a contest of suggestions and campaigns really should be about the passions of voters and not petty squabbling between candidates. My history as an tutorial, community servant and politician should make that crystal clear.
Prince Hamid Armah (PhD)
Government Secretary, Nationwide Council for Curriculum and Evaluation
Parliamentary Aspirant, Kwesimintsim