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Hassan Ayariga, leader, APC

But… Ayariga backs Akufo-Addo and urges President to ignore noisy NDC

BY ALEX SEMORDZI


 

LEADER OF the All People’s Congress (APC), Mr Hassan Ayariga, has endorsed the President’s   nomination of Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa as chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC).

President Akufo-Addo on Monday nominated the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs for the vacant position of the chairperson of the EC after Mrs Charlotte Osei and two of her deputies were removed by the president.

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has contested the nomination of Mrs Mensa for the position of the new EC chairperson.

A statement issued by the NDC signed by the General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, said the party was shocked to learn that the President had appointed “a known pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) and an avowed anti-NDC person” to head the election management body despite his earlier assurances given to Ghanaians that he would replace the dismissed EC chairperson with someone whose integrity and political neutrality would be above board.

The NDC, however, said the party would shortly tender material evidence that shows the open and covert activities of Mrs Mensa, which makes her unfit to occupy the high position of the chairperson of the EC of the Republic of Ghana.

Speaking to host of ‘Anopa Kasapa’ on Kasapa 102.5 FM, Kwaku Owusu Adjei, Mr Ayariga said the choice of Mrs Mensa by the President was the best and that the APC found nothing wrong with her nomination.

Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, newly appointed EC chairperson

“As at now, from the little thing and interactions that I have had with her, I think for now, she is the best person for the job. She can do the job; we just hope that. People have challenges when they are given positions; some become arrogant, some become complacent and some become ‘certain way’ and that’s why I am hoping and praying that she doesn’t change her attitude,” he said.

According to him, the position of the NDC against her nomination and allegations of Mrs Mensa being a pro-NPP is neither here nor there.

“I hear people in the NDC campaigning, making a whole lot of noise that Madam Jean Mensa is from NPP. All that does not matter, whether you like it or not, put anybody there and somebody will have a problem with that person,” he stated.

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