According to Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the basis for voting for a candidate in an election should be competence, not religion.
He believes that the ability to bring prosperity to the people should be the primary criterion in an election.
He made the remarks while addressing artisans and delegates of the Manhyia South constituency NPP in Manhyia on Friday, October 27, 2023.
The minister opined that Ghana has a long history of peaceful coexistence among all religions and that it is dangerous for anyone to play the religious card for political reasons.
“I, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, was named after a Muslim, and the Regional Chief Imam of the Ashanti Region is my brother. This should tell you that in my family, some are Christians and some are Muslims. This situation also exists in many families. It is therefore unacceptable to create partitions and divisions on religious lines,” he said.
He also claimed that this administration has done a lot even in the face of the global crisis.
“The unfortunate global happenings have made governments across the world unpopular, however, the record will show that we have performed better even under these circumstances,” he said.
Dr. Prempeh praised the NPP’s economic management and expressed optimism for its victory in the December 2024 elections.
He also urged Manhyia South delegates to exercise their democratic franchise peacefully on November 4, 2023, as party unity is crucial for a decisive NPP victory.