According to media reports, founding members of the New Patriotic Party in the Ashanti Region have backed Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto for the position of party flagbearer.
They contend that the reports are false and that party members should dismiss them.
In a press release released on Wednesday, August 8, they pleaded with the individuals responsible for the stories’ distribution to stop.
“There is a news item both in prime and electronic media on 07/08/23 purported to have come from Dr Afryie Akoto, a former Minister of Agriculture and an NPP Presidential Candidate hopeful to the effect that the NPP founding members of Ashanti Region have pledged their support to him.
“We the founding members of NPP of Ashanti Region wish to educate the public and the aspirant that we constitute the ‘custodian fathers’ of the party in the region and do not or cannot openly declare our support for one particular candidate,” the statement said.
“We, therefore, find the news item unfortunate and we refute it as it is untrue, and call on Dr Akoto to retract it with the urgency it deserves.”
Dr. Akoto is one of ten candidates vying to be chosen as the NPP’s standard bearer for the 2024 elections.