Member of Parliament for Bantama, Daniel Okyem Aboagye, says there is nothing wrong for anyone to beg for power, claiming Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo even begged to become president.
Rejecting media reports that he begged Ashanti regional chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, to make him go unopposed in the party’s parliamentary primaries, he said he sees nothing wrong with begging, once it is for a good course like attaining power.
“I’m never afraid of competition. I wouldn’t say I was begging to go unopposed, but even if I have to beg to go unopposed, what is wrong with that? The president, when he wanted to become president, he begged for the power,” he told our correspondent Williams Evans-Nkum.
Reports emerged this week that the MP at a meeting with leadership of the New Patriotic Party in the Ashanti region Sunday went down on his knees to plead the executives to allow him go unopposed in the 2020 elections.
But the MP said the incident was twisted by some persons who “are probably scared of what I’m doing”.
Mr Aboagye explained he rather knelt down to help Chairman Wontumi beg the NPP delegates to vote for President Nana Akufo-Addo to be given a second term in the 2020 general elections in December.
“…When Chairman Wontumi was speaking, he said in case we have done anything wrong, he is apologising, begging the constituency in the name of God to forgive and let’s unite and make sure we can give four more years to the president. So he knelt down; he went on his knees and pleaded with the people.
“As the host MP, if you are smart, your regional chairman is begging them to give the president four more years…so when it got to my turn, I accepted the apology on behalf of the delegates, and I also knelt down in support of Chairman Wontumi to say that please delegates, regardless of what has happened, in case we have offended you in any way, please let us forgive ourselves and make sure we support President Akufo-Addo for four more years,” the Bantama MP explained.
He further said there is nothing wrong with him seeking to be retained as MP since it is good for Ghana’s democracy.
“The fact that you ask for stability for your constituency, the retention of members of parliament matters; it is good for our democracy.
“In the interest of stability, Ghana needs stability for progress,” the Bantama MP noted.
He added he has no ‘shame’ when it comes to begging.
“I will repeat it, yesterday I begged delegates to give me a second chance, today I will say same, tomorrow, I’ll say same.”
“What is wrong with begging? I will do it again, and again,” he stressed.
By Irene Amesimeku|3news.com|Ghana