Rawlings demands apology from John Peter Amewu

Ex President RawlingsThe office of former President Jerry John Rawlings has demanded an apology from the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s Volta Regional Chairman, John Peter Amewu, for making disparaging claims against him.

In a statement released yesterday, Flt Lt.Rawlings said there is no rapport between himself and Amewu as he (Amewu) had claimed in an interview on an Accra-based radio station, Joyfm, on Thursday.

The NPP Regional Chairman had praised the former Ghanaian leader for helping the party emerge victorious in the December 7 polls, especially in the Volta Region.

He claimed Flt. Lt. Rawlings contributed to the low turnout of voters in the Volta Region, considered the stronghold of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Incumbent president John Mahama polled votes less than what he did in the 2012 general elections and Mr Amewu attributes that to the former president.

He claimed former President Rawlings had called him when the results for the general elections were trickling in.

However the former President in a statement said the conduct of the NPP chairman indicts his reputation.

“To make such untruthful and absurd claims of a follow-up telephone call which can easily be verified is foolhardy, imprudent, unbecoming of a political actor who is supposed to lead with integrity and absolutely disrespectful to former President Rawlings,” he said.

He said the only time he has met Mr. Amewu was when he led a delegation of NPP Volta Regional executives to pay a courtesy call on him after he was enstooled as the Nutsifafa Fiaga of the Anlo traditional area.

The visit was to solicit the support of former president to stop alleged attempts by non-Ghanaians across the Ghana-Togo border to vote in the general elections.

“The office therefore demands an apology and retraction of the said falsehood in the same manner and prominence such false claims were carried,” the statement added.

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