The General Secretary of the ruling NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, spat fire on the youth wing of the opposition NPP suggesting that they are “young boys” who must crawl before they walk.
The NPP youth wing had charged the NDC scribe to “stop the ethnocentric campaign” they claimed he has been preaching in the north. They said the practice is dangerous with the potential to rob the country of the unity it currently enjoys.
National administrator of the NPP youth wing, Nana Prempeh Agyeman, says it is unacceptable that President John Mahama did not rebuke his party General Secretary when he repeated the comments Wednesday before him in Tamale.
But when Joy News reached Mr Johnson Aseidu Nketia for what he makes of the calls by the youth wing, he minced no words when he warned that he should never be called to respond to politicians below his calibre.
According him, those attempting to call him to order have little knowledge about Ghanaians politics and are only abreast with issues concerning only the upcoming December general elections.
“I have already told you that monkeys play by sizes; so when NPP national executive like the General Secretary, Chairman and flag-bearer speaks, call me. Don’t engage me and these young boys. I don’t think they understand the issue.”
He charged: “They have not been around long enough they can only talk about this election. They don’t know the history about their own political party.”
However, Mr Asieddu Nketiah explained that, in the north, he only “alluded to the fact” that the constitution of Ghana talks about regional balance in terms of appointment of people into positions.
He recalled that the NPP published the names of the NDC appointees between 1992 and 2000 when the NDC was in power, and the current NDC administration to check whether they have gone by proper regional distribution of ministerial positions. “It is a fact that cannot be contradicted,” he stressed.
He also claimed the NPP published the list of beneficiaries of Ghanaians sent to Cuba to be trained as medical doctors, and accused the president of selecting many northerners.
“If we are so much concern about regional balance and regional equity about the allocation of these lesser positions, then it is only fair then we should be interested as a nation in the regional balance in the occupation of the highest seat of the land – that is the presidency .”