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I never attacked Asantes during my campaign – Mahama insists

John Dramani Mahama, the former president, has adamantly denied attacking Asantes during his most recent campaign in the Eastern Region.

According to several media sources, the former president made some derogatory remarks towards the residents of the Ashanti Region.

Residents of the Eastern Region are said to have been counselled by Mr. Mahama not to take a cue from their Ashanti counterparts, who are emotionally committed to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and do not ponder before voting for the elephant-symbol party.

The spokesperson for Mr. Mahama, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, refuted this assertion on April 14, saying, “The stated publication, which has been traced to UTV, an Accra-based television station, is untrue.” No such statement has been made by President Mahama, either to UTV or during campaign events.

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It was stressed by Madam Bawah Mogtari that the former president is devoted to his campaign.

“Mr. Mahama remains focused on his ‘Building the Ghana We Want Together’ campaign and will not be distracted by such dirty propaganda,” she said.

Read the full statement made by Ms. Joyce Bawah Mogtari below.


The attention of the John Mahama Campaign has been drawn to a fake quote attributed to the former President purportedly attacking Ashantis.

The said publication, which has been sourced to UTV, an Accra based television station is false.

President Mahama has not made any such statement, either on his campaign rounds or to UTV.

We believe this is yet another disinformation campaign to cause disaffection for Mr. John Mahama, and demand a retraction and apology from UTV.

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Mr. Mahama remains focused on his ‘Building the Ghana we want Together’ campaign and will not be distracted by such dirty propaganda.

Joyce Bawah Mogtari
April 14, 2023

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