Kufour Refuted Reports That He Endorsed Bawumia

John Agyekum Kufour

According to a press release, former President John Agyekum kufour refuted reports that he endorsed Bawumia on Sunday.

In response to media reports that he endorsed Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Sunday, June 19, for the upcoming New Patriotic Party flag-bearer election, former President John Agyekum Kufuor has denied the claims (NPP).

He said he gets along well with everyone whose names have come up before to the competition and that the only things he wants are for the selection process to be “fair” and “un-engineered.”

The former president claims that his innocent comment regarding his friendship with Dr. Bawumia on Sunday during the Father’s Day luncheon at Peduase Valley Resort and Hotel was what caused the incident.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the office of former President Kufuor said that “there was nothing political about his remarks or even the occasion.”

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The press release, which was signed by Senior Aide and Spokesman Dr. Kwabena Osei-Adubofour, lamented the fact that what occurred “has been seriously misconstrued.”

The purpose of the press release was to set clarity on what happened during the occasion.

“Former President and Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia were both guests of honour at a Father’s Day soiree that was organised by the Peduase Valley Resort and Hotel last Sunday June 19th at the hotel premises. The MC for the occasion was Mr Kwame Sefa-Kayi who stated that when the Vice-President was invited the day before, he was on assignment in the North and appeared unable to be present. He continued that when Dr Bawumia was told that former President Kufuor would also be in attendance, it is reported that he said “if it is Kufuor, then I will surely come”.

“In his remarks, the former President shared how touching it was to him to hear what the Vice President was reported to have said. The occasion being a Father’s Day event, President Kufuor commented on the father-son relationships between him and the MC, Kwame Sefa-Kayi, Mr Ibrahim Mahama, who was also there, and the Mamfehene who was also in attendance. He also reminisced the close father-son relationship between him and Dr Bawumia and elaborated on how the Vice-president was only one month one day younger than his (Kufuor’s) own eldest child, John Addo Kufuor. For this reason, Mr Kufuor continued that he had always been close to the Vice-president and treated him like a true son.”

The release underscored the expectation of three-time flagbearer of the NPP for a “fair” selection of the party’s next flagbearer.

“This should be devoid of coercion and machinations so that the eventual selected nominee, coming out of the uncompromised freewill of the voting delegates, can easily command the support and respect of all party faithfuls, and indeed, other Ghanaians sympathetic to our cause, towards ‘breaking the eight‘.”