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Minority demands Akufo-Addo to apologise over 'you don't vote for me' comment to flood victims

By Vincent Ashitey
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The Minority Caucus in Parliament has condemned President Akufo-Addo over the comment he made during his visit to some communities that were affected by the flood resulting from the Akosombo and Kpong dams’ spillage.

The Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, called on Akufo-Addo to render an unqualified apology to the victims of the Akosombo and Kpong dams’ spillage-induced flood for his unfortunate remarks.

According to the Minority leader, the Minority Caucus in Parliament is very disappointed in the remarks made by President Akufo-Addo under such a critical situation.

“It shows the government doesn’t really care that much about the people of Volta Region. On behalf of the people of Ghana, the National Democratic Congress Minority in Parliament wants to apologise to the people of the Volta Region for the statement made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

“We consider that statement very unfortunate, and this statement should not come from the father of the land in times like this. It surprises us, and we are really disappointed in the statement coming from H.E. the President. We call on him to also apologise to the people of Volta Region, in particular for what he said,” he said.

Their call comes after Akufo-Addo on Monday during his address to the flood victimes said he had come to visit the area to provide any assistance they needed to live comfortably and safely as Ghanaians and that he took the oath of office as the President for the whole country.

Akufo-Addo said he could not neglect the people in their time of need even though they did not vote for him when he contested the Presidential electionsm, "when these things happen and government acts, politics does not come in at all. I took the oath of office as president to protect every citizen of Ghana, whether they voted for me or not, once I have taken the oath, I am the president. So Togbe, I want you and your elders and the people to understand that the government is acting for all Ghanaians," he said.

"I came here because Ghanaians are having difficulties and suffering and it is my responsibility to try and help, because if it is a question of who votes for me and who does not vote for me, I should not be here because you don't vote for me, that is not my concern," the President added.