Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has denied claims that he was in the Ashanti Region, Kumasi over the weekend to announce his bid to contest the Presidential slot of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
To him, reports on social are untrue and that he was only in Kumasi to recover from a fever he contracted after the 2021 budget reading.
“Per the constitution of the New Patriotic Party, nominations have not been opened for interested candidates to announce their intentions to contest for any position in the party. It is therefore unfortunate for anyone to seek to create the impression that I held a meeting to announce my bid for the “flagbearership” position of the party,” part of a statement released by the Minister read.
“I decided to go to Kumasi and have some rest during the weekend and try to recover from a fever I was running after I attended the budget reading in parliament on Friday 12 March 2021. As a former member of parliament in the region and as a senior member of this government, I accepted to grant audience to some party executives who had been making calls for a meeting to discuss matters concerning the welfare of the party. However, such meetings will end with an amount given as transportation to guests who came from far and near.”