A former Presidential staffer under the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration, Stan Dogbe has taken a swipe at Okyehene Amoatia Ofori Panin II who disclosed how former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur was taken to the 37 military hospitals before his death.
Lashing out at the Paramount chief of Akyem Abuakwa, Stan Dogbe described the revered chief’s narration as an attempt to score cheap popularity.
In a video posted on Facebook, the Okyehene is heard saying the former Vice President who died on Friday, 29 June 2018, was transported to the hospital at the back of a pick-up, when efforts to revive him failed.
According to the Okyehene, there was no ambulance to convey the former vice president to the 37 Military Hospital — where he was pronounced dead.
“As it’s been for 14 years, any time I go there, I meet my friend and we’ll talk, shake hands … and then go to our different machines… I heard ‘bang’! Three women in the gym were screaming, I left my machine and went and there laid my friend trying to find some air to breathe.
We gathered around him and pumped his heart as hard as we could, yelled out his name; his wife was calling out: ‘Jesus, save him!’ I just said: ‘call the ambulance, let’s take him to the hospital.’ There were about seven, eight of us, and something dawned on me. When we took him out, there was no ambulance, there was no car, so we threw the former vice-president in the back of a pick-up and drove off to 37” he narrated
But Stan Dogbe who labelled the narration as a ‘coloured popularity seeking story’ has questioned why the Chief did not send the late former Vice President to the hospital in his car.
In a Facebook post the former Presidential Staffer advised that “someone should please tell the chief that he was not the only one present when the tragedy struck our late boss and VP of this country to go around talking. “
Stan Dogbe argued that, the Okyehene “had a luxury vehicle there, and many others had their cars there, if he had a good heart and a spirit of helping others, maybe; just maybe, he would have sent him to the hospital in his car.”
He further urged the Paramount chief to “cease the recklessness of seeking cheap popularity by going to public events and seeking to share coloured stories. Granted that he was sent to the hospital in someone’s vehicle, a pick-up, is the back seat of the vehicle, the bucket of the pick-up as his statement sort to portray. Which gym in this country has a standby ambulance anyway?
Your ‘son’, Nana Addo is watching on as the National Ambulance Service collapses… deal with it and leave the family of our late boss to mourn their son, husband, grandpa, father, uncle and relation.”