Prof Steven Adei said according to a research he had conducted, President Mahama has appointed a lot of people from his area of origin into public offices.
Prof Adei who was speaking at a Pearson Olae lectures organised by old boys of Prempeh College revealed that one out of four government appointees were from the President’s native land. He indicated that this was from a research he conducted.
But in a response to him, Dr Apaak challenged the outspoken academician to make his research public.
“I was taken aback and rather shocked when my attention was drawn to that statement attributed to Prof Adei. And I know that this is not the first time he has sought to suggest what we are talking about, but if you look at the statistics, I would have hoped that he would have put in the public domain the research that he claimed to have conducted which led him to the conclusion that the president was practising nepotism to the extent that many of his appointees happen to come from his place of origin."
“You know I am also a young academic, obviously I have not been an academic for as long as he [Prof Adei] has been, but if you are to accuse a president of practising nepotism, and claiming that your conclusion is based on research, the best or the least you can do is to put out statistics and figures to justify the claim that you are making, other than that the conclusion is that it is mere political talk, seeking to engender public disaffection for the president by those persons in our society who may not come from the president’s place of origin.”
Speaking on Accra-based Class FM, Dr Apaak questioned what Prof Adei meant when he said ‘the president’s place of origin.’
“Be as it may, when you say: ‘the president’s place of origin’, what exactly do you mean? Do you mean the Northern Region? Do you mean Bole? Or do you mean from the Gonja Traditional Area? So, when you speak like this, it is very clear that it is simply to create disaffection because you may not agree with the president on issues that you fail to make public."
He denied the claims by the for GIMPA Rector that President Mahama has appointed government officials from his place of origin. He argued that the over 4,000 government appointees hail from different parts of the country.
“If you were to take the list of the president’s appointees – and I know we are in excess of 4,000 – and you were to analyse their places of origin, based on ethnolinguistic, based on geography, based on gender, and even based on ‘tribe’, you cannot draw the conclusion that this president is practising nepotism. Be as it may, this is a president who has several siblings, and yet not even one of his own siblings holds an appointment in his own government."
“Can you tell me that there is a region in this country that does not have somebody from that region serving in this president’s government? So, I truly am miffed, shocked, and disappointed that a public citizen of the stature of Prof Adei can make such a statement. I think it is most unfortunate. If there was ever a time for us to be speaking the language of national unity, I would argue that this is the time. Rather than speaking language that will divide us and create problems where none exists because it is not true that this president is practising nepotism,” Dr Apaak argued.