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NPP Chairman Wontumi Urges Intensified Campaigns in Ghetto and Ashawo Bases to break the eight.

Chairman Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, has stirred controversy with his recent directive to intensify political campaigns in “ghetto and ashawo bases,” raising eyebrows and sparking condemnation from various quarters.

The outspoken chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) made the directive during a party meeting held yesterday, where he emphasized the need to expand the party’s outreach and mobilize support from diverse demographics. However, his choice of terminology has drawn sharp criticism, with many accusing him of employing derogatory language and perpetuating stereotypes.

In his address to party members, Chairman Wontumi urged them to step up efforts to engage with residents of marginalized communities, including areas commonly referred to as “ghettos” and establishments known as “ashawo bases” (brothels).

He argued that these segments of society should not be overlooked and that the party must strive to win their support ahead of the upcoming elections.

The directive has sparked a backlash from opposition parties and civil society groups, who have condemned Chairman Wontumi’s remarks as insensitive and demeaning. They argue that such language only serves to deepen social divisions and perpetuate stigmatization of certain communities.

In response to the criticism, Chairman Wontumi defended his statement, asserting that his intention was not to offend but rather to highlight the importance of reaching out to all segments of society. He emphasized the need for inclusivity in political engagement and reiterated the party’s commitment to representing the interests of all Ghanaians.

Despite his explanation, calls for an apology and retraction of the statement continue to mount, with critics demanding greater sensitivity and respect in political discourse.

The incident has reignited debates about language use in politics and the need for more inclusive and respectful communication strategies.

As the controversy rages on, the NPP leadership faces mounting pressure to address the fallout from Chairman Wontumi’s remarks and to reaffirm the party’s commitment to fostering unity and inclusivity in its campaigning efforts.

story filed by: Nana kwaku Duah

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