I never said Bawumia disrespected me – Asante Akyem South MP

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

Deputy Minister for Railway Development, Kwaku Asante-Boateng has expressed his displeasure over media reports claiming that Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia had disrespected him.

Mr Asante-Boateng clarified that his intention to support former Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen was clear, and he criticised the media for distorting his statement.

He maintained that in as much as he declared his support for Mr Kyerematen, the “publications in the print and electronic media are false and malicious, and do not reflect the exact statement I made, and its import thereof.”

His comments came in response to a video where he expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of Dr Bawumia’s camp.

According to the Deputy Railway Minister, how some members of the camp snubbed him during a campaign visit to constituencies in the Asante Akyem area leaves much to be desired.

During the campaign visit, the Deputy Minister said that “When Vice President Dr Bawumia came to Asankare, we decided to go welcome him and some members of his team, but none of them greeted me when I extended a hand.”

On the back of this, the Asante Akim South Constituency MP emphasised that his criticism was aimed at certain members of the team and not directed at the vice president himself.

He clarified that his relationship with Dr Bawumia has been respectful and positive over the years.

“I wish to put on record that I never said the Vice President disrespected me. Rather, I bemoaned the continuous disrespect shown to me by some members of his team.

“I wish to state categorically that I have a very good relationship with His Excellency the Vice President, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, and that His Excellency has on no occasion, shown any sign of disrespect to me, both in government and as a member of the NPP, throughout my association with him, spanning from 2007 to date,” he stated.

To this end, the Deputy Railway Minister apologised to Dr Bawumia for any harm caused by the media misrepresentation of his statements and urged fellow New Patriotic Party members and Ghanaians to disregard these false reports.

He also welcomed an apology from the Head of Communication of the Campaign Team of the Vice President, Nana Akomea, and other members of the team.

SOURCE: myjoyonline.com

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