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I never had intention of hanging on to power- Mahama clarifies

The former President John Dramani Mahama has justified the recent statement issued by Hon Julius Debrah on behalf of the former President (Mahama) which seeks to insult and run down Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Asantehene.

Mahama in his Facebook page comment explains that Julius Debrah was trying to clarify that he (Mahama) never had the slightest intention of seeking to hang on to power unconstitutionally, as some media houses sought to infer from Otumfuo’s speech at the UN.

Reaction by Mr. John Dramani Mahama on his Facebook wall

The recent statement from my office was meant to shed more light on the events surrounding the 2016 poll and not to disparage Otumfuo’s efforts at promoting national peace and unity. I therefore find the language and commentary in the ensuing public discourse very disturbing.

Clearly Mr. Julius Debrah’s statement was intended to simply clarify that I never had the slightest intention of seeking to hang on to power unconstitutionally, as some media houses sought to infer from Otumfuo’s speech at the UN.

I have profound respect for Otumfuo and Asanteman and will not allow this issue to mar our long standing cordial relationship. On Otumfuo’s return home, we will take the necessary steps to bring closure to this matter. In the meantime, I urge the general public and party members not to be baited into non-constructive flogging of this issue.

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