Deputy Information Minister Pius Enam Hadzide has denied a newspaper announcement which alleged that he had been tasked by President Nana Akufo-Addo to tarnish the name of former President John Kufuor.
“My attention has been drawn to a frivolous publication in the Daily Post newspaper issue of today, 13 August 2020 with the caption ‘Akufo-Addo unleashes Pius Hadzide on J.A Kufuor to denigrate the ex-President’s legacy’.
“I wish to state for the record that the said publication is false”, Mr Hadzide said in a stamen.
“It is only a further attempt by a discredited newspaper to soil the good image of the President, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and me and to cause enmity between the two venerable statesmen John Agyekum Kufuor and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo”, the Deputy Minister said.
According to him, “at no point has there been any attempt to bring to disrepute the legacy of former President J.A. Kufuor nor has the President directed me on any such agenda”.
Truely, he added, “it is the desire of the current administration to improve upon and safeguard the legacy of the high performing J.A. Kufuor administration in which Nana Akufo-Addo served with distinction”.
“It cannot and will never be that I or anyone within the Dankwa-Busia-Dombo tradition will seek to belittle the legacy of the former President”, he said.
The publication, Mr Hadzide stated, ““is clearly motivated by hatred and ill-will and I call on the public to disregard it”.
“It is only a deranged person who will seek to belittle the contribution of former President J.A. Kufuor to the development of this country”, Mr Hadzide said.
He stated: He said: “Indeed, the New Patriotic Party(NPP) has proven through Ex-president Kufuor and President Akufo-Addo that it is the only party truly committed to and capable of delivering development to Ghana through the many policies it has implemented”.
“I advise the writer, the newspaper, their paymasters and sponsors from within the National Democratic Congress to rather apply themselves and expend their resources on discussing and resolving the obvious cracks, bickering and divisions within their ranks as evidenced by the publication of a book by one of the advisors-in-chief to their flag bearer John Mahama denigrating their founder.
“Again, I call on the good people of Ghana to treat the said publication and its content with the greatest contempt it deserves. It is everything journalism is not”.