John Abdulai Jinapor, the spokesperson of the Vice President, has waded into the controversial debate on what kind of person Ghanaians are likely to vote for during general elections: A cancer patient or a drug addict!
According to John Jinapor, if the argument of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to interrogate the health status of President John Evans Atta Mills is anything to go by, then it would be equally important for their flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to clear himself of the drug allegation leveled against him.
The vice presidential aide’s comment comes after the revelations by international whistle blower website, wikileaks, in its recent leaked cables from the US Embassy in Accra on a wide range of issues.
What seems to have gotten the attention of people are the allegations questioning the integrity and morality of President Mills and Nana Akufo-Addo as each side of the divide struggles to make the opponent look worse.
Whilst the NPP have accused President Mills of lying about his health status to win political power, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC)have also accused Nana Akufo-Addo of being a drug addict, hence he is not fit to occupy the high office.
The NPP who claim the president was being economical with the truth when he told US diplomats that he was suffering from a sinus infection, based their argument on what deputy Information Minister, Baba Jamal was quoted in the leaked cable as saying that President Mills was suffering from throat cancer.
The ruling NDC on the other hand also felt vindicated when wikileaks, in same leaked cables from the US Embassy quoted the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwasi Pratt as saying Nana used to smoke a lot of marijuana.
However, on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Programme on Wednesday, John Jinapor said he surprised at the double standards being exhibited by the NPP.
He said the opposition party would, in one breath, advocate for wikileaks to be thrown out and in another breath, make a fuss about what someone is purported to have said in the leaked cable on the health of the president.
John Jinapor was convinced that the action of the opposition party is a deliberate ploy to rundown President Mills for propaganda purposes.
Mr. Jinapor rubbished suggestions by the NPP that throat cancer is only caused by chain smoking, excessive use of alcohol and oral sex.
He explained that “risk factors for throat cancer include alcohol abuse, chewing bitter liquid, diet low in vegetable and fruits, exposure to wood dust, human papiloma virus (APV infection) and a lot more”.
John Jinapor opined that the banter between the NDC and NPP about the integrity and reputation of President Mills and Nana Akufo-Addo to score cheap political points ahead of the 2012 general elections would in no way help Ghana’s growing democracy.