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Thursday, May 20, 2010

I don’t have an e-mail address – NPP flag-bearer aspirant


Barely 24 hours after New Patriotic Party’s founding member and renowned economist, Kwame Pianim insinuated that some flag-bearer aspirants of the party were not modern and lacked ICT skills, plus some could not even access emails, one of them has owned up.

Kumasi-based Apostle John Kwame Koduah says he has no email account presently because his computer has broken down and that he is getting it fixed.

He told Citi FM “Unfortunately I don’t have one (e-mail address) now, my machine is has broken down and am getting it repaired now...At the moment I don’t have it.”

Asked if he has heard of new interactive media forms like Facebook and Twitter, he said, “My office is computerized. We have a computer, typewriter and so on but for political purposes, we are building another office somewhere and in about a [month’s] time it will be completed so for the time being, I don’t have it.”

At launch on Wednesday of Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng's bid to lead the NPP as flag-bearer, Mr. Pianim urged votes for Frimpong-Boateng because he would deliver the sort of leadership Ghana needed, describing him as modern, trained, ICT savvy and like compliments.

“We are not looking for a flag-bearer, any idiot can hold the flag,” he had urged, explaining that Frimpong-Boateng’s credentials as a modern man who is in tune with Science and Technology, made him the ideal candidate.

"This day and age there are people who are struggling to become president, they don’t even know how to use e-mail."

Pianim also urged delegates to vote for Frimpong-Boateng because he is not corrupt, asking delegates to look for the other aspirants to support if they were aiming at voting someone who would condone corruption and crime.

Various voices within and outside the party, including some spokespersons of the other aspirants and party chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey have condemned the comment saying it is unsavory and unbecoming of Pianim's stature.

But he has categorically rebuffed calls to apologise, saying he owes no one any apology in the party.

Story by Ernest Dela Aglanu/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana 

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