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Haruna Mohammed: “Calls for Napo’s resignation over comments on Nkrumah are not necessary”


The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Deputy Secretary General, Haruna Mohammed, has rejected calls for the party’s running mate and Minister of Energy, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh to resign.

This follows a decision by the Convention People’s Party (CPP) which demanded that Dr Opoku Prempeh resign from his government and political offices within 24 hours over comments he made about Kwame Nkrumah.

During the official presentation of Dr. Opoku Prempeh, he stated that no president has developed the nation like President Akufo-Addo.

“Since independence in 1957 till today, we have not had any president who has helped Ghana like Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. I say from 1957 till today, you can bring your Kwame Nkrumah… no president has protected Ghana and moved the country forward like Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,” he explained.

These comments angered the CPP, prompting them to call for Dr Opoku Prempeh to resign.

But in an interview on JoyNews The pulse On Wednesday, July 10, Mr Mohammed described calls for his resignation as “unnecessary”, saying Dr Prempeh’s statement was merely political speech.

“I have reviewed the constitution of the Republic and I do not see any that justifies such a call based on a political comment made by a political actor within a political season,” Mohammed said.

He stressed that the CPP, being a political party vying for power, naturally considers Kwame Nkrumah an opponent of the NPP. Therefore, if Nkrumah’s achievements are criticised in comparison to those of Dr Opoku Prempeh, calls for his resignation are unjustified.

Read also: Napo must retract and apologize for denigrating Kwame Nkrumah

Mr. Mohammed acknowledged that while Kwame Nkrumah made significant contributions to the country, he is not free from criticism.

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Meanwhile, Dr Opoku Prempeh’s spokesperson, Fiifi Boafo, said the NPP running mate’s statement was subjective.

Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Wednesday, he said: “It is a subjective opinion.”

“It was not his intention to disrespect Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The way one wishes to communicate something does not always mean exactly what one intended to say,” he stressed.

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