Politics of Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Source: myjoyonline

Victor Smith apologises to Okyenhene

Victor Emmanuel Smith has apologised to Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin over attacks on his person by some NDC faithful, following his comments during a visit to the Flagstaff House last Wednesday.

“The Press Release by the Party’s Regional Executives unfortunately was based on an erroneous belief that I, as Regional Minister, had taken the Regional House of Chiefs to the Presidency for them to request His Excellency to retain me as Regional Minister in the Region. Nothing could be further from the truth,” a statement by Mr. Smith said.

The House of Chiefs led by Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panyin visited president Mahama to congratulate him as the new president of Ghana and further urged him to make his view known on the petition filed by the NPP at the Supreme Court. But the Eastern Regional executives of the NDC believe the Okyenhene ought to have commended the president on his re-election instead of embarking on politically sponsored agenda.

The former Eastern regional minister explains, “The fact is that, the Presidency had drawn up a schedule for all ten (10) Regional House of Chiefs to visit with the President. This was done to accommodate requests by individual chiefs requesting on their own to pay courtesy calls on the President on his assumption into office.

“I wish therefore to use this platform to set the records straight and to apologize profusely on behalf of the Party in the Region to the Regional House of Chiefs, and Okyenhene in particular, who was cited in person in the altercations on the airwaves in rather disparaging language,” it concluded.