The Ashanti Regional Deputy Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Mathew Kojo Njourkone, has said it was not true that former President John Dramani Mahama has been banned from entering the Ashanti Region.
He refuted the claim purported to have been made by Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that former President Mahama should not enter the Ashanti Region or any of its secondary schools for his political campaign.
A statement signed by Mr Njourkone and copied to the the media responding to the statement which is also trending on the social media, said Mr Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, “has no right to stop the ex-president from entering any school in the Ashanti Region.”
The statement said the NDC had taken a serious view of what he described as Chairman Wontumi’s “disgusting vile threat”, adding that “it was an attack on our democracy and also undermined the country’s democracy-this must be condemned by all.”
It called on the security agencies to intensify measures necessary to guarantee the free and legitimate movement of every person in the country including former President Mahama.
The statement said although ex-President Mahama has not visited or given the indication to visit any Senior High School (SHS) during his campaign tour in the Region, Chairman Wontumi can never stop him from doing so if the President desires to do so.
“The welfare of our SHS students are the concern of us all, no one can keep some SHS students in horrendous conditions and prevent major stakeholders from visiting them,” the statement said.
The statement continued that, “the NDC as a political party will never be intimidated by such threats and gave strong indications for reprisals if the security agencies allowed Mr Wontumi to carry out his threats.
“Let every Ghanaian know that much as we respect the capability of the state security to contain him, if there is any failure by the relevant state authority to prevent him from doing anything untoward, we will meet him with equal measure,” the statement stated.
The Regional Chairman was quoted to have said in media reports that, “as a former President or candidate who is campaigning, you will hear him saying he will tour schools to campaign and dares the government to arrest him.
“…we will stop him. I dare Mahama to come to any school in the Ashanti Region, I will stop him from entering the Ashanti Region.”
Story: Today Correspondent