Dr Ekwow Spio Garbrah, a Vice Chairman of the NDC, has refuted claims that his latest article praising the position of President Mills on the political standoff in Cote d’Ivoire, is to gain some favour with the President.
He told Citi News he endorsed the president’s position because he felt the president’s stance was the right one and made a lot of sense.
Dr Spio Garbrah introduced the Team A and B concept into Ghanaian politics when he commented about the president’s appointees. He has in the past written articles criticizing the government on a number of policy moves and directives.
According to him, his latest article backing the president is a reflection of his objectivity, because he can and will criticize the NDC government when he has to and will give praise where necessary.
“I have made it clear that in this case I am writing as an ordinary Ghanaian citizen and also because I have worked in La Cote d’Ivoire so I know the country. If the matter was a problem in Gabon or a problem in Mauritania maybe I wouldn’t have written about it.
“I also mention the fact (in the article) that I’m also married to an Ivorian citizen and I have children that have Ivorian blood in them and also have friends and family in the country. And I know there are many Ghanaians living there who I don’t want to put at risk.
“It is for all these reasons that I have chosen to write on this subject, but that does not in any way detract from anything I have written in the past. Maybe it is some individual Ghanaians who think that because if I write anything that sounds critical of the government then I am a critic; if I write something that seems to be supporting the government then…I don’t know what I am, I’m just a supporter.
“I think all that it means is that there are things the government does that I will agree with, and there are things the government does that I may not agree with. Depending on the subject matter, if I feel like writing about it, then I write about it.”