Former President John Dramani Mahama in his attempt to paint the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government black to the international community has incurred the wrath of the family of the late Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko.
During a presentation to some foreign diplomats in Peduase in the Eastern Region last week, Mr Mahama, who is seeking a comeback to lead the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 polls, showed videos in which some heavily built security operatives were cheering and dancing at a funeral service he claimed was that of the late Kyeremanteng Agyarko.
“This is just a band of hoodlums put in uniforms and deployed for a purpose. Ghana Police Service and other security personnel do not wear earrings. I could see some of them wearing earrings. This happened before the election so it means that they have been camped already in preparation of the election,” the former Ghanaian leader said.
Mr Mahama again showed another video where the same operatives were allegedly seen escorting the NPP parliamentary candidate to some of the polling centres.
But the family of the late Mr Kyeremanteng in a statement signed by former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, have indicated that there was no such activity at the funeral ceremony.
“The funeral of our late brother was organised successfully without any casualties and we find this distortion very surprising. The family is reliably informed that the video shown was that of L/Cpl. Daniel Adu Tieku’s funeral held in August 2018,” the statement added.
The statement, therefore, called on Mr Mahama to render an unqualified apology for his comments.
“The family wishes to state that we are still mourning our late brother and request that Mr Mahama keeps the family away from his political ploy. If indeed, John Mahama wants to be regarded as a decent fellow, then the family expects him to render a retraction of this palpable falsehood and render an unqualified apology for his unfortunate and despicable action,” the statement said.
The late Kyeremanteng Agyarko was laid to rest at Odumase Krobo in his hometown. He was an MP before his demise.
His spouse, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, won the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-election organised by the Electoral Commission recently.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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