President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently made headlines for the wrong reasons, following remarks he made when chiefs and leaders of Ekumfi, a village in Ghana’s Central Region, visited him at the presidency.
Akufo-Addo informed Ekumfi’s chiefs and leaders that he ignored their development demands since they voted out the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the area in the 2020 general election.
The president expressed anger at the people of Ekumfi for voting out the then-NPP MP, Francis Kingsley Ato Codjoe, despite the fact that he appointed him Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in order for him to be able to aid his people.
“Ato Cudjoe was your MP and I made him a deputy minister so that he would also help you but it didn’t stay long, you voted him out in the last elections and this is one of the reasons I did not pay attention to development in your area. I have to be honest with you but since you have brought it up, I will pay attention to it,” he said.
However, the president’s statements reminded many Ghanaians of a past incident in which he told the people of the Volta Region, “You don’t vote for me,” after visiting some flood victims in the region.
The floods were caused by the overflow of the Akosombo and Kpong dams in 2023.
Many Ghanaians chastised him for making the statement.
With the most recent one attributed to the people of Ekumfi, some prominent politicians, academics, and governance professionals, including former President John Dramani Mahama, have chastised President Akufo-Addo for his remarks.