Former President John Mahama has said he has enormous respect for the Asantehene and will not allow the recent misunderstanding over events of the 2016 elections to mar it.
According to the former President, the statement by his former chief of staff over the events of the 2016 polls was to clarify any misunderstanding following the monarch’s comments at the UN.
The Asantehene had said he persuaded the former President to concede defeat after he lost the 2016 polls to then candidate Akufo-Addo. The claim has been challenged by the office of the former President.
In a Facebook post on the development, Mr. Mahama said he will takes takes to resolve the impasse following the reaction from his office when the Asantehene returns home from the United States.
“The recent statement from my office was meant to shed more light on the events surrounding the 2016 poll and not to disparage Otumfuo’s efforts at promoting national peace and unity. I therefore find the language and commentary in the ensuing public discourse very disturbing.
“Clearly Mr. Julius Debrah’s statement was intended to simply clarify that I never had the slightest intention of seeking to hang on to power unconstitutionally, as some media houses sought to infer from Otumfuo’s speech at the UN.
“I have profound respect for Otumfuo and Asanteman and will not allow this issue to mar our long standing cordial relationship. On Otumfuo’s return home, we will take the necessary steps to bring closure to this matter. In the meantime, I urge the general public and party members not to be baited into non-constructive flogging of this issue,” he said.
Source: Star News
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