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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NPP defends Rev. Asante-Antwi, and calls NDC to order

By NPP Headquarters/Citifmonline.com | Tue 17th August, 2010 13:13 GMT
Kwaku Kwarteng, NPP Communications Director
The Opposition New Patriotic Party has chastised members of the NDC for constantly criticizing Reverend Asante-Antwi, the Former President of the Methodist Church who openly endorsed Nana Akufo-Addo for the 2012 elections, and condemned the NDC for non-performance.

The party in a statement issued on Tuesday August 16, said the attitude of the ruling NDC is very “offensive and reprehensible’’.

The Full NPP Statement

Following the statements by the former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev Dr Samuel Asante-Antwi, echoing the increasing disenchantment of Ghanaians with the Mills-Mahama government, appointees of the government and NDC functionaries have said many disrespectful things about this noble Man of God.

The attitude of the ruling NDC is very offensive and reprehensible. The Rt Reverend is not the first person to point out the cries and groaning of ordinary Ghanaians.

 The founder of the NDC and former President of Ghana, Mr Jerry Rawlings has on several occasions referred to the performance of the current NDC government as mediocre and slow. He has further warned that unless the government steps up its performance, the NDC will have no message for Ghanaians in 2012.

This widespread view has been supported by economic research institutions such as Forbes International that have classified Ghana among the nine worst managed economies in the world. That certainly must have consequences for the welfare of Ghanaians.

Recently, the Institute for Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of Ghana has in an extensive review of Ghana's economy, concluded that the economy underperformed in 2009 compared with how it performed in 2008.

Indeed, the list is endless. Will all this not have effect in the lives and livelihoods of Ghanaians? Government has to accept their underperformance, cut back on the waste and corruption, and take bold initiatives to deal with the challenges facing Ghana and its people. That is the only remedy the nation needs. 

The New Patriotic Party sees the reckless and insulting response of the government towards the Rt Reverend's genuine statements as sheer arrogance. The inability of the NDC administration to admit the hardship ordinary Ghanaians face is indication that they have lost touch with people.

President John Evans Atta Mills has to call his people to order immediately. If not for anything at all, they should respect the platform, the Church from which he spoke. Especially so when the Rt Reverend only echoed the legitimate sentiments of Ghanaians he encounters everyday by virtue of his calling.

The culture of insults which has become the stock in trade of the NDC is bad enough. But to extend this unto the clergy for expressing the concerns of the broad public is distasteful and completely unacceptable.

The NPP calls on the President to call his people to order now!


Kwaku Kwarteng

Communications Director

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