‘Presidency Not for Short People’ Comment, a Figure of Speech – NDC Defends Nii Lantey Vanderpuije

Sports Minister, Nii Lantey Vanderpuije while addressing supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the party’s campaign launch on Sunday, said the presidency is not for short people. Although he never mentioned names, it was obvious that the “Presidency Not for Short People” comment was directed at the NPP flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.

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Just at the same event during which President Mahama strictly condemned the use of verbal abuse by politicians, especially those of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Sports Minister dishes out this harsh insult to the NPP flag bearer. Considering the several calls for an electioneering void of insults, the statement subsequently raised some dusts, with many members of the public condemning it.

However, spokesperson of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Madam Joyce Bawah Mogtari has defended the party as regards the insulting statement while speaking to Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host, Kojo Yankson on Monday. According to her, the “Presidency Not for Short People” comment made by the Sports Minister is a figure of speech. She explained that Nii Lantey Vanderpuije made the comment in a context.

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When asked to explain what the ‘figure of speech’ really meant, she declined making any further comments on the issue. She however, argued that the statement should be reproduced in the context in which it was made so as to be able to deduce its correct meaning and intention. She finally dismissed the matter on the grounds that anyone who needs further explanation on the comment should contact the Sports Minister.

Madam Mogtari insisted that the NDC is determined to carry out a clean and issue-based campaign free from insults and violence. She also emphasized that they will follow President Mahama’s advice to abstain form all forms of derogatory language, adding that they will be setting very good examples for others to follow throughout the campaign.