The seat of government, the Castle, has summoned the Eastern Regional Minister, Victor Smith, over scathing comments he made against vice-presidential nominee, Mr. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Citi News understands.
But the former ambassador has rendered an unqualified apology to President John Dramani Mahama for the comments, arguing he was “misconstrued” in a statement released on Friday.
In an interview on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News on Thursday, the former aide to ex-President Jerry John Rawlings said President Mahama is gambling with the fortunes of the party by selecting the Governor of the Bank of Ghana as his partner.
He argued that the former Governor cannot win a single vote for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in December.
He said in the interview that there were people who had been in the party for long and had sacrificed their lives and were worthy of amassing votes for the party.
Below is a copy of the statement in full
On the issue of the Vice Presidential nominee; I granted a number of interviews intending to clarify that the president’s nominee was not necessarily his Running Mate for the 2012 election. The import of my comment has been misconstrued.
I wish to render unqualified apology to the President, HE John Dramani Mahama, Vice-President Nominee Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and all others who have been aggrieved by my comments.
I don’t have any ill feeling against Mr Amissah-Arthur. He is a loyal member of the NDC and I have no question about his credentials to occupy the office for which the President has nominated him
Eastern regional Minister