General News of Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Benin President and Chairman of Africa Union Yayi Boni has been accused by members of the opposition New Patriotic Party of meddling in the internal affairs of Ghana.
Boni at the investiture of President John Mahama in Accra, Monday, said the 2012 elections have been acclaimed as free and fair by local and international observers and urged all Ghanaians to rally together in peace.
His comments have been described as bias by members of the opposition party who are in court to challenge the election results pronounced by the Electoral Commission chair Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan.
The NPP's Nana Fredua Ofori Atta who was commenting on MultiTV's live coverage of the investiture said the AU chair was unnecessarily inferring in Ghana's internal affairs, a view Director of Communication of the NPP, Nana Akomea also holds and shared so vigorously.
Akomea told Joy News' Francis Abban the comments by the AU chair did not represent the true picture of Ghana's political situation.
"If he [Boni] said words to that effect, then I agree with the position of Mr Ofori Atta that he is unnecessarily interfering in the internal affairs of the country.
"There is a dispute over the elections; petition has been filed before the Supreme Court of Ghana. So if you want to talk about the political atmosphere, you should be fair to that reality," he critiqued.
Whilst he did find anything wrong with the AU chair presenting a speech- because he was not the first President of an African country to have delivered a speech during an investiture in Ghana-Akomea believed the content of the speech ought to be carefully scrutinized to ensure that it represented the true state of the country.
But a member of the ruling National Democratic Congress disagreed with the assertion of the NPP.
Victor Adawudu said Yayi Boni's statement were immaculate and did not interfere with Ghana's internal affairs.