Former Communications Minister Dr Edward Omane Boamah has denied claims by Professor Kwamena Ahwoi that he and other young politicians in the NDC were purposely groomed to run down ex-President Jerry John Rawlings.
Professor Kwamena Ahwoi in his book ‘Working with Rawlings’ revealed that some young ministers under the erstwhile Mills administration were created to counter Rawlings anytime he hit at the late President Mills in his public outbursts.
But in a statement, the Omane Boamah said: “I have read excerpts of the Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi’s Book, “Working with Rawlings” that appear to suggest I was among a group of young politicians, who were purposely engaged by him and others to respond to and “talk back” at former President Rawlings for the latter’s attacks on the personality of the late President of Ghana, His Excellency John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills.”
He added, “respectfully, I need to place on record that this claim is wholly and completely inaccurate and untrue. As a young man and politician with core convictions, I was never engaged nor could I have allowed myself to be used by anyone to talk back at former President Rawlings.”
Omane Boamah continued, “My principled stand in defending the late President Atta Mills, without insults, against attacks I thought were underserved was borne out of my respect and appreciation of the personality of the late President Mills – the Asomdwehene, his pureness of heart and other sterling and unique qualities that he possessed to a fault”.
According to him, suggestions that his defence of the late President was part of a deliberate “strategy” by elders is irksome to him. “It does not reflect my personality as a politician of conviction and not of convenience. For the record, I state emphatically and unequivocally that any claim that I was a recruited participant in any such grand agenda could only be the result of an inadvertent error in recollection and not founded on anything that remotely resembles the truth”.