“I have profound respect for Otumfuo and Asanteman” – Mahama

Source The Ghana Report/Gloria Kafui Ahiable

Former President, John Dramani Mahama says he has immense respect for the Asantehene and will not allow the recent misunderstanding over events of the 2016 elections mar his relationship with the revered chief.

His comments come on the back of a seeming tension between the camps of the two after the former President’s Chief of Staff had suggested that the Asantehene may have lied at a presentation to the UN.

Former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, in a piece insisted that former President John Dramani Mahama voluntarily conceded defeat in the 2016 general elections without persuasion from anybody contrary to the claim by the Asantehene that he had to persuade candidate Mahama to concede defeat.

But in a bid to clarify his Chief of Staff’s comments, the former President says Mr. Debrah’s comments were only to “shed more light on the events surrounding the 2016 poll.”

John Dramani Mahama’s post reads:

“The recent statement from my office was meant to shed more light on the events surrounding the 2016 poll and not to disparage Otumfuo’s efforts at promoting national peace and unity. I therefore find the language and commentary in the ensuing public discourse very disturbing. Clearly Mr. Julius Debrah’s statement was intended to simply clarify that I never had the slightest intention of seeking to hang on to power unconstitutionally, as some media houses sought to infer from Otumfuo’s speech at the UN. I have profound respect for Otumfuo and Asanteman and will not allow this issue to mar our long standing cordial relationship. On Otumfuo’s return home, we will take the necessary steps to bring closure to this matter. In the meantime, I urge the general public and party members not to be baited into non-constructive flogging of this issue.”

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