Afriyie Akoto: I Went To Kumasi To Rest, Not To Announce Presidential Bid

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has broken his silence for the first-time following days of media reports that he had met New Patriotic Party (NPP) executives in the Ashanti Region to lay the grounds for his presidential ambition. 

In a statement, Dr Akoto confirmed meeting party executives but said he had only travelled to Kumasi to rest following ill-health and also decided to grant audience to the regional leadership on various issues.

However, he said the agenda of the said meeting was not to court support for his presidential bid.

“I decided to go Kumasi and have some rest during the weekend and try to recover from a fever I was running after I attended the budget reading in parliament on Friday 12 March, 2021. 

As a former member of parliament in the region and as a senior member of this government, I accepted to grant audience to some party executives who had been making calls for a meeting to discuss matters concerning the welfare of the party. 

However, such meetings will end with an amount given as a transportation to guests who came from far and near,” he said in the statement issued on Thursday 18 March.

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