Plot to pitch Ashantis against Napo falls flat

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the energy minister
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the energy minister

A spokesperson for Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Kofi Abrefa Afena has asked the general public to ignore deliberate distortions against the Manhyia South lawmaker who doubles as Energy Minister.

Abrefa was reacting to a viral video that captures the New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator purportedly making statements that appear to suggest that Ashantis prefer the NPP T-shirt rather than development. Many have since criticized Napo, as he is politically called describing his statement as unfortunate.

But Mr Afena says the statement which was made on a campaign platform in 2020 has completely been lifted out of context.

“Dr Prempeh said the NPP is an attractive party and therefore if COVID restrictions would not allow for mass rallies, it was only wise that the available resources were used for retail campaigning and printing of NPP T-shirts. Dr Prempeh continued that, Ghanaians naturally love the NPP and therefore T-shirts in the wake of the restrictions would make the people feel part and parcel of the campaign” Mr Abrefa said.

“This innocuous statement has been deliberately distorted by the Minister’s detractors for reasons best known to them”.

Mr Afena further debunked a new twist to this story in which some people claiming to be members of the NPP are said to be angry over the same comments. They alleged that Dr Prempeh commented on Kumawu.

“How can Ashanti NPP be angry over a non-existent statement? Afena quipped. “Napo made no such statement in Kumawu. The grand scheme by faceless elements aimed at causing disaffection for the energy minister has failed ab initio! Napo remains focused on his positive contributions to the government, party and by extension the whole country.

“I did some checks, the people claiming to be angry are not NPP members. They have only been hired to carry out a job of interest” he said.

The spokesperson further said that the Minister will not be distracted by sordid attempts at tarnishing his image in the eyes of the people of the Ashanti region.

This Mr Afena said is because the Minister has earned the accolade as the region’s shining star in the current government and the NPP through hard work and acts of kindness.


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