Former President John Agyekum Kufuor says he was put in a dilemma after receiving an invitation to attend the inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama.
Mr Kufuor decided to attend yesterday’s inauguration on the basis that it was a State function despite his party’s (New Patriotic Party) boycott due to what they claim to be irregularities in the December 7, 2012 presidential polls won by President Mahama.
Early morning January 7, 2013 the residence of Kufuor was besieged by some irate supporters of the NPP to prevent him from attending the function.
The former President was, however, escorted from his house by armed police officers as they also kept the youth from getting at him, reports the Ghana News Agency.
“It was quiet difficult…it wasn’t an easy thing to attend,” Kufuor told Citi FM today January 8, 2013 in an interview monitored by ghanabusinessnews.com.
Kufuor explained that he was invited by State Protocol as a former Head of State and the event was a “State affair”.
Prior to the inauguration, Kufuor said he had already explained to the leadership of the NPP on why he is attending the event.
“I explained to the party my position to attend,” Kufuor said.
He appreciated the grief of some NPP supporters over his attendance of the inauguration but said “my heart was for the party”.
Mr Kufuor indicated his support for the NPP’s petition to the Supreme Court over the election results challenge adding “my party was treated badly during the election.”
“I support the party’s petition. It was a solid petition,” Kufuor said.
He prayed the Supreme Court will do its work honestly.
By Ekow Quandzie