Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu on the ticket of the NDC, has slammed the president for his vote comment when he visited the embattled Voltarians.
President Akufo-Addo was seen telling the residents of Mepe in the Volta Region in a video that is circulating on social media that he is the president of all Ghanaians, regardless of whether or not they voted for him.
“I came here because Ghanaians are having difficulties and suffering, and it is my responsibility to try and help. If it is the question of counting who votes for me and who doesn’t vote for me, I shouldn’t be here because you don’t vote for me, but that is not my concern. In any event, one day, you will vote for me and my party,’’ the president said.
As a response, Ablakwa said that, considering the people are currently experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe, now is not the time to discuss who should vote for which party and who shouldn’t.
“I do not think that this is the time to be talking about votes; this is a humanitarian crisis; people have been submerged, entire communities have been submerged under the water, and the VRA continues to spill,’’ Ablakwa stated in an interview with TV3, monitored by 1Family Radio.
“All the indications are that many more communities are going to be affected. My concern at this point is not about the election; I am thinking about saving lives; I am thinking about making sure that people are protected so that they can keep body and soul together in the various 19 caps that we have established,” he noted.
“I think that those comments by the President are not necessary at this point; my people think that his response was too late. The way he swiftly comments on disasters elsewhere, particularly in other countries, we didn’t see that in this. It took a lot of public agitation for him to set up the inter-ministerial committee and then to come and visit us here, but they say better late than never, and we acknowledge his visit.’’
‘’What is really important is not a mere visit or mere rhetoric; we want to see what plans are being put in place to alleviate the plight of our people,’’ Ablakwa added.