Rawlings Condemns Dzifa Attivor; Sides Akufo-Addo

In addition to the rains of condemnation that has been falling on the former Transport Minister, former President Rawlings has also condemned her ethnocentric comments which he described as ‘distasteful’ and ‘immature’.

Former Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor few days ago during a rally at the Volta region accused the NPP of being a tribalistic party. According to her, if they ever come into power, they will only fault and prosecute government of officials who are Ewes. She therefore implored Voltarians to stay loyal to the NDC and its founder, Jerry John Rawlings.

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Her statements has however raised a lot of dust both among the political big wigs and the masses.

The founder whom Attivor was siding has also distanced himself from the former transport minister saying her comments were not factual. Jerry J Rawlings urged Ghanaians to shun politicians who make “immature pronouncements” as the November general elections approaches. Jerry Rawlings also defended Akufo-Addo as a politician who is never interested in tribal politics.

Akufo-Addo who began the prosecution of Dan Abodakpi and Victor Serlomey in 2001 is now the presidential candidate of the NPP for the 2016 presidential elections.

Dzifa expressed fears that an NPP regime would continue where it left off by jailing the Volta regional front liners in the NDC.


My attention has been drawn to a statement made by a former Minister for Transport, Dzifa Attivor at a political event at Wodoaba in the Volta Region.

I find it distasteful that aside making ethnocentric references accusing the NPP Presidential candidate of being tribalistic, she also insinuated that because I was the Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the electorate in the Volta Region should vote for the party on that basis. Before making such unfortunate statements let’s remove the logs in our own eyes.

I do not subscribe to the politics of ethnic bias and never have. While I may not be a fan of the NPP, I know their presidential candidate is not tribalistic or ethnocentric. Whatever Nana Addo’s shortcomings, tribalism is not one of them.

Some known and respected Voltarians like Nutifafa Kuenyehia should be able to testify to his political nature. As we draw closer to the next Presidential and Parliamentary elections we all as Ghanaians expect ALL PARTIES involved in the process to base their arguments and campaign rhetoric on the truth and desist from emotional and non-factual statements, especially where my name has to be mentioned.

I implore the electorate not to allow immature behaviour and pronouncements to cloud their judgement.

Thank you.