The Vice President has advised Ghanaians to reject any person who seeks to attain higher office by inciting and fanning divisions between the various ethnic groups that have existed peacefully.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Gushegu in the Northern Region, on Sunday, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia underscored the need for Ghanaians to peacefully co-exist irrespective of their religious and ethnic differences in order to achieve national cohesion and development.
He stated that President Akufo-Addo, although an Akyem, has achieved the long-held desire of restoring peace and tranquillity in Dagbon after decades of strife and misunderstanding over chieftaincy issues.
“President Akufo-Addo is an Akyem but he was particularly troubled by the lack of peace in Dagbon. The attainment of peace had eluded many governments before him, but as he promised in 2016, he has ensured the performance of the final funeral rites, for a new Ya-Na to be enskinned.
“This is why we must continue to support him because no amount of money can buy peace. Let us vote for him in December”, Dr Bawumia said.
His comment follows claims by President Akufo-Addo that John Mahama has endorsed a post by Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo describing people in his government as ‘Akyem Sakawa Mafias’ who are looting the state.
“How do you take a whole tribe and say they are Sakawa? How do you do that?,” Dr Bawumia quizzed.
He stressed that the NDC’s flagbearer cannot win the 2020 general elections with tribalism.
“Ghana has gone beyond tribalism. Come and show your competence in delivery to the people of Ghana. Because you cannot show your competence, you are resorting to tribalism. We (Ghanaians) will not stand for tribalism,” Bawumia said.
“President Akufo-Addo remains a man of peace and unity, and Ghanaians will endorse his tireless efforts to make Ghana a peaceful, united country with one destiny”, he emphasized.
“We must ensure that we reject a President who will divide our ranks and ensure that we are not one people because this will rob us of the needed development. You cannot fan tribalism and divisions in your bid to rule Ghana,” Dr. Bawumia concluded.
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