Media personality Okatakyie Afrifa has strongly criticized Fiifi Kwetey, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), for making tribal remarks.
Afrifa called Kwetey’s statement suggesting that Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia cannot be the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) due to being a Northerner reckless.
This is what Fiifi Kwetey said that sparked the controversy: “Is Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia dreaming that in the unlikely event of NPP winning power, somehow after Akufo-Addo has run his term he [Bawumia] will be made the candidate of the NPP, Bawumia are you dreaming? You don’t the party in which you are? You don’t know that if you are not an Ashanti or Akyem you have no chance?”
Reacting to this, Afrifa questioned Kwetey about his assertion that the NPP is an Akan party and highlighted the NDC’s history of not selecting an individual from the Ashanti region as a running mate.
He criticized Kwetey for making tribalistic comments that add no value to the political arena and suggested that the NDC could be accused of being “anti-Ashanti.”
“What Fiifi Kwetey said there is no sense in it. What is the meaning of this? Fiifi Kwaetey’s party [NDC] asked him if from 1992 to date they had even selected an Ashanti as his running mate. Even the NPP at least used to choose Northerners as running mates. We are asking him even the party chairman, if have they elected an Ashanti person before. These kinds of reckless statements politicians make in this country and they think it is normal.
“For politics’ sake, we crush our heads. He said he can’t be today Dr. Bawumia is the flagbearer of the NPP. Is the conversation supposed to be about tribes? You are the ones campaigning for Akan votes yet from 1992 to date you have not selected an Ashanti as running mate before. So should we say your party is anti-Ashanti? Going into the 2024 elections we are going to police the political arena,” he said during his show on Angel FM.