Sports Minister Nii Lante refuses apologizing; says the cap should be worn by whomever it fits…
Nii Lante Vanderpuije has bluntly refused to apologise for the so-called pejorative comments he made at the NDC Campaihn Launch held at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday. The Sports Minister, while addressing party supporters at the occasion had reportedly said that “the presidency is not for short people”.
A good section of the public had interpreted the comment as a jab at the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), as regards his height. The statement did not go down well wit many, especially, considering the President’s utter condemnation of insults at the same event. Some members of the opposition party harshly criticized Vanderpuije for the statement and subsequently called on him to apologize to the party’s flag bearer.
However, Nii Lante refuses apologizing to anyone on the grounds that he made the statement in a context. Speaking on Adom TV’s morning show, Bedwam Tuesday, he explained that he never said that “the presidency is not for short people”rather, what he meant in Ga was that, “the presidency is not about how short, tall or how good you look in spectacles”.
According to the Sports Minister, he owes no one any apology because his statement at the event was misquoted as well as misinterpreted. He even argued that it is the NPP that should apologize to him for altering his statement in an attempt to score cheap political points. He concluded by saying that if the NPP still insists that his statement was in mockery of Nana Addo’s height, then “whom the cap fits, let him wear it”.
In a similar occurrence, spokesperson of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Madam Joyce Bawah Mogtari while speaking to Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host, Kojo Yankson had said Nii Lante’s statement is a figure of speech. It is now obvious that the party has exonerated itself from the public accusations as regards using insulting statements in the ongoing campaign.