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Ahwoi Apologizes to Mahama, NDC for Controversial Remarks

Ahwoi Calls for Unity After Misstep at Vice-Presidential Candidate Reception

by Ikeoluwa Juliana Ogungbangbe
Kwesi Ahwoi NDC Apology

Kwesi Ahwoi, a venerable member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has extended a formal apology to the party’s flagbearer, John Mahama, and its members. This apology comes in light of Ahwoi’s controversial remarks made during a toast at a reception for the NDC’s vice-presidential candidate, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang. The event, organized by the Churchstreet group of NDC supporters, aimed to celebrate Prof. Opoku-Agyemang but ended up sparking a nationwide debate.

Ahwoi’s comments, suggesting Prof. Opoku-Agyemang should be prepared to assume the presidency in an unforeseeable event, mirrored the circumstances under which John Mahama ascended to the presidency following the demise of late President Atta-Mills. This statement, now widely circulated across social media platforms, has drawn mixed reactions from the public and party faithful.

Addressing the fallout, Ahwoi, who has served as Ghana’s Interior Minister, expressed regret over the “wrong impression” his comments have generated. In a carefully worded statement, he acknowledged that his remarks were misconstrued, leading to unintended interpretations. Ahwoi admitted to misspeaking at the event and has welcomed the ensuing criticisms, some of which he believes stem from a deliberate misrepresentation of his words.

During the reception, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang herself corrected the impression Ahwoi’s statement might have created, affirming her confidence in Mahama’s victory in the 2024 general elections and his capability to fulfill a full four-year term. This clarification, however, did not prevent the initial comment from overshadowing the celebratory nature of the gathering.

Ahwoi’s apology is a step towards mending fences within the NDC, as he calls for unity and focus on the upcoming electoral challenge. His letter emphasizes a deep-seated respect for the party’s hierarchy and the democratic values it espouses. By addressing the issue head-on, Ahwoi aims to steer the conversation back to the party’s mission to “rescue Ghana” in the December 2024 elections.

This incident highlights the sensitive nature of political discourse in Ghana, where statements made by high-profile figures are closely scrutinized for their potential implications. It also reflects the internal dynamics of the NDC as it prepares for a critical electoral battle. As the NDC moves forward, the lessons learned from this incident will likely inform its approach to internal communications and public engagements, ensuring that its message remains clear and its unity intact. The swift move by Ahwoi to clarify his remarks and apologize demonstrates a recognition of the stakes involved and a commitment to the party’s collective success.

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