Fred Oware Slams Ayikoi Otoo

fredFirst Vice-Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Fred Oware, has cautioned party members not to fuel the talk of perceived tribal politics within the party.

According to him, the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Nii Ayikoi Otoo’s recent comments that there had been a bitter rivalry between the Akyem’s and the Ashanti’s in the NPP was “unfortunate” and should be treated with the contempt it deserves.

He said such issues were unnecessary detraction by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) aimed at breaking the ranks of the NPP, ahead of the 2016 general elections.

Ayikoi Otoo, who is vying for the chairmanship slot in the NPP courted controversy earlier this week, when he stated that non-Akans  have been like outcasts in the NPP. He thus warned that the NPP risked losing the 2016 general elections if the situation was not dealt with immediately.

But in a reposite, Fred Oware, who is also aspiring to be the National Chairman of the NPP, advised that ahead of the party’s national executives’ election, party frontrunners should be cautious with their choice of words so as not to play into the hands of the ruling party.

“What I can tell is the NDC is better known for propaganda. So if you are a leading member in the NPP and you also go by what the NDC is saying about the NPP, then it’s a problem. He, (Ayikoi Otoo) am sure will think about what he said and will retract because that will not help the party; he should be left alone to brood seriously about what he said.

“We don’t have any Akyem mafia and Ashanti mafia in the NPP. Tribalism will rather destroy the NPP so, Ayikoi Otoo should come again. No one is restricted from talking but when your comments are awful; there is a need to retract,” he opined.

Nonetheless, Oware assured that, “party leaders will not summon him (Ayikoi Otoo) for queries though his comments are unacceptable”.

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