The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah has dared his critics calling for his head to go ahead and petition the President for his removal.
“I’m not bothered about this. I can be removed, and that is the prerogative of the President. I don’t have power to appoint myself, but those people are anti-Ashanti,” Simon Osei-Mensah told host Kweku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 Fm.
The Kumasi Youth Association (KuYA) has advised President Akufo Addo to dismiss the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah if he wants to win the 2020 general election.
According to the group, the Minister who’s known to have very poor human relations is woefully incompetent when it comes to lobbying for projects to ensure the development of the Ashanti Region which is the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) stronghold.
“If this Regional Minister leads the NPP in this region to the impending 2020 elections the party will find it tough winning the elections though they have their biggest chunk of votes coming from this region because development is very slow. The Regional Minister is very unaccommodating and doesn’t know how to speak politely to others. This same person does have the skill to lobby for projects for this region. He doesn’t also know how to engage with stakeholders in this region. When the youth of Kumasi agitated over the poor state of development in this area the Minister said he does not recognize us and described some of us as aliens to this region. Hon. Simon Osei Mensah is known to be very insulting. His behavior and how his disrespect for people will not auger well for the NPP come 2020 elections. The sooner the party acts the better,” Tweneboah Koduah the President of KuYa told host Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5FM Thursday.
Reacting to this on the same platform, the Regional Minister said he can only be unattractive to thieves and corrupt elements because he’s forthright and honest in everything.
He questioned the motives of his attackers insisting if they’ve any basis for his removal they should petition the president.
“My whole person in life is just transition and not the position. So I’m going to do the right thing and nothing else. They’ll not like my style because you cannot bribe me, they’ll not like my style because I’m not corrupt and I’ll never be corrupt, they’ll not like my style because I’ll never lie.”