The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, says John Mahama never insulted the Akyem tribe and that those pushing the ethnic card are the ones stoking ethnocentrism.
He was speaking at the opening ceremony of a training program for lawyers and other party members on electoral laws on September 10, 2020.
Mr Ofosu Ampofo thinks that the comment former President John Mahama shared is no way referring to the entire Akyem tribe =.
He said he is an Akyem and does not feel the tribe has been insulted and will not tolerate that if it was the case.
He has therefore called on the Peace Council and other eminent people to tell those stoking ethnocentrism to stop it because it does not augur well for the country.
Responding to calls by some for Mahama to apologize, he is of the view that he never insulted Akyems in the first place and there in no need to render an apology.
He specifically mentioned President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to desist from raising an issue just to win an entire tribe because this could cause conflict.
On September 9, 2020 a group calling itself Concern Citizens of Okyeman have given former President John Mahama a 2-day ultimatum to apologize for the ‘Akyem Sakawa’ comment.
John Mahama on August 31, 2020, shared a post by Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central Isaac Adongo concerning the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal.
In the post, he said the Agyapa Royalties deal is a big fraud on Ghana by President Akufo-Addo and his Akyem Mafia.
The description has not gone down well with some the NPP who have voiced their displeasure against what they described as an endorsement of ethnocentric comments by the NDC flagbearer.
The Akyem group have threatened to ban the NDC from campaigning on any Akyem land if Mahama does not apologize.
President Akufo-Addo has also come out to condemn the statement and called on Civil Society Organizations to speak against the comment.
Mahama responding to Akufo-Addo said he has no moral rights to condemn the comments.