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19.11.2008 General News

A good gesture


The former Minister of Energy, Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda, about two weeks ago, had what was reported as a brawl between him and the aide to the Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, during a New Patriotic Party (NPP) rally at Bolgatanga, which was also attended by Nana Akufo Addo's running mate, Dr. Mahammudu Bawumiah.

Adda reportedly refused to acknowledge the presence of the Veep, before and after speaking to the crowd, which attended the rally.

The former minister denied the charge, and went ahead to make several allegations against Aliu on air when the media reported the incident. So far, Aliu has not come out to make any public comment on the reported brawl between his aide and Adda.

There were however reports that he (Aliu) also uttered certain words, which did not go down well with the former Energy Minister.

After apparently listening to public criticism on the incident, Adda has now regretted the incident and has gone further to appeal to the Veep, to also forget about what happened that day, in the supreme interest of the party they all love - the NPP.

The Chronicle thinks this is a bold decision taken by Adda, and we commend him for that reconciliatory spirit.

Though Adda is silent on whether he had met the Veep in private to iron out the differences, we wish to appeal to Alhaji Aliu Mahama to accept the offer that has been extended to him by his former minister, by forgetting about the incident, which seems to have generated tension between their followers.

With the elections just around the corner, everybody is calling for peace, therefore this is the time Aliu and Adda must demonstrate to the people of Upper East, that they are not enemies, but friends who can sometimes disagree on certain issues.

It is the hope of The Chronicle that supporters of Adda in Navrongo and Bolga would also emulate his reconciliatory gesture in the name of peace.

Certainly, what happened at Bolga that day was a very unfortunate incident, which must never be repeated by followers of the NPP and the rest of the political parties.