The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah has denied emphatically that an audio which has gone viral on social media in which the voice is heard lampooning opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) deputy national organizer, Joshua Akamba and northerners in general is not his, and has no links whatsoever with it.
The Minister in a statement indicated his abhorrence for tribalism and anything that will threaten the peace and stability of the country.
‘’ First, I wish to state emphatically that the voice is never mine, and again, I have never been on any platform whatsoever with that name mentioned in the audio’’ he said.
According to the statement, the Minister is not oblivious of how the people of Ghana gave the NPP government the mandate to govern the country and will not do anything untoward to scuttle the trust of the people.
‘’This government and it’s appointees are clearly aware of how we came to power, and the massive endorsement that the party received from our non- Akan brothers and sisters, and, it will be politically suicidal to go that tangent’’ the statement added.
See the full text of the Regional Minister’s statement as issued by his media team in the region.
NDC PROPAGANDA ALERT!!! FAKE AUDIO!!! FAKE NDC PROPAGANDA AUDIO
My attention has been drawn to a malicious and fake audio circulating on the various social media, especially, on Whatsapp and Facebook platforms and purportedly coming from my end.
The contents of this said audio seen on these platforms had my name attached to it to the effect that I made those disparaging comments; comments which are so tribal, comment which can break the peace and cohesion of this country.
The audio also seemed to suggest that I, Simon Osei Mensah, had replied to a supposed post by someone (mentioned in the audio as Akamba.)
First, I wish to state emphatically that the voice is never mine, and again, I have never been on any platform whatsoever with that name mentioned in the audio.
There is no semblance of this voice and that of mine. I see this as a lazy job from desperate political opponents who are bent on soiling my reputation.
I see this as a clear handy works of my detractors who are just not happy with me and my stern resolve to fight corruption in the region.
Those who have known me and those who have come close to me even in this short time I assumed office as the Regional Minister for Ashanti, can attest to it that I hate tribal politics as well as anything that can threaten the foundation of peace of this country.
Let me also state categorically that this will not in anyway slow me down or bruise my resolve to lead this region and make it a better place.
I, therefore urge the general public to disregard this audio, as it is not true. My humbling beginning has taught me how to live with people, irrespective of tribe, social or economic class.
This government and it’s appointees are clearly aware of how we came to power, and the massive endorsement that the party received from our non- Akan brothers and sisters, and, it will be politically suicidal to go that tangent.
Let me once again assure the public that I, Simon Osei-Mensah, have never, and will never descend into the gutters with anyone, irrespective of the provocation.
We are one people with a common ambition; an ambition to see a prosperous nation, an ambition to see Ghana move forward, to see the youth get sustainable employment and an ambition to make Ghana work again.
Hon. Simmons Osei Mensah
Ashanti Regional Minister