The Lead Counsel of E.L Agbemava Law Office, Mr. Elikplim Lorlormavor Agbemava believes that Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is not the right person to represent government in a meeting with Former President John Dramani Mahama over the E-levy deadlock.

His comment comes after news broke out that President Akufo-Addo’s cousin, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, had a meeting with Former President Mahama on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at his residence at his[Gabby’s] request.

According to Lawyer Agbemava, “Gabby was the wrong person to represent the government in a meeting with a former president to resolve a national issue which they believe the opposition was a key part of the solution.”

He explains further that, Mr. Otchere-Darko is not a government official and should not have been admitted as such because John Mahama is a former president and as far as matters of state are concerned he deserved attention from the President himself, Vice President or Chief of Staff in front of the cameras before the commencement of any closed door meetings.

He stated that Ghanaians must understand that meetings between government and opposition leaders do happen and are not unheard of.

According to him, there is absolutely nothing wrong with two power blocks trying to solve an impasse in the interest of the nation because the national interest is bigger than any other sectional interests.

“Even elected presidents have had to meet rebel leaders in the past all in the name of peace. What is baffling is the PR and protocol mix ups surrounding this whole matter. I don’t know where this whole issue is coming from. What warranted the post by his excellency?” Lawyer Agbemava quizzed.

He believes that the controversies surrounding Mr. Otchere-Darko’s meeting with Former President Mahama are caused by the way the public relations management of the meeting was handled.

“A prior announcement of a possible meeting would have prepared the minds of the public particularly the staunch base of the NDC of the likelihood of such a meeting. The surprise and anger that has greeted the meeting would have been taken out completely. We could have managed this better and I believe lessons have been learnt,” he stated.



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