Former Minister of Communications under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, Dr Edward Omane Boamah has disputed claims made by NDC stalwart Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi saying that the former was groomed to attack Former President Jerry John Rawlings under the Atta Mills administration.
According to a memoir written by Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, the founding member of the NDC claimed that some young ministers under Atta Mills including Dr Omane Boamah were purposely trained to shield the former President from attacks by the founder of the party.
President Rawlings was a staunch critic of the Atta Mills administration which almost caused the latter to resign from his position as the president of Ghana if not for the intervention of Prof Ahwoi and some other party stalwarts.
Dr Omane Boamah has however rubbished the claims made by Prof Kwamena Ahwoi in his memoir, “Working With Rawlings”.
“I have read excerpts of the Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi’s Book, “Working with Rawlings” that appear to suggest I was among a group of young politicians, who were purposely engaged by him and others to respond to and “talk back” at former President Rawlings for the latter’s attacks on the personality of the late President of Ghana, His Excellency John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills,” the former Communications Minister said in a statement.
“Respectfully, I need to place on record that this claim is wholly and completely inaccurate and untrue. As a young man and politician with core convictions, I was never engaged nor could I have allowed myself to be used by anyone to talk back at former President Rawlings. My principled stand in defending the late President Atta Mills, without insults, against attacks I thought were underserved was borne out of my respect and appreciation of the personality of the late President Mills – the Asomdwehene, his pureness of heart and other sterling and unique qualities that he possessed to a fault”.
“The suggestion that my defence of the late President was part of a deliberate “strategy” by elders is irksome to me. It does not reflect my personality as a politician of conviction and not of convenience. For the record, I state emphatically and unequivocally that any claim that I was a recruited participant in any such grand agenda could only be the result of an inadvertent error in recollection and not founded on anything that remotely resembles the truth,” he added.