Mr Ghartey said this in an exclusive interview with Citi News.
According to him, the practice where people interpret national issues through political lenses is not healthy and will not boost the nation’s development.
He asked Ghanaians to desist from the practice to protect the nation’s unity and growing democracy.
The presidential hopeful also added that, “politics is important, but it is not everything;” adding that “If I cough just now, they will say I coughed because it is politics.”
He later encouraged Ghanaians to put the nation first in everything they do and desist from the practice where they “see everything through the lens of political parties.”
Meanwhile, Joe Ghartey has also assured all New Patriotic Party [NPP] members that he will not to say or do anything that will undermine the party’s unity in their upcoming congress.
Mr. Ghartey will be contesting six other aspirants, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, Francis Addai Nimoh and Alan Kyeremanteng on a yet-to-be-decided date for the party’s presidential candidate for the 2016 general election.
He concluded by saying, “We [ the NPP] have always believed in unity, freedom. We have always believed in democracy. If we are afraid of elections, then we have lost our core values.”