The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) says the the flabearer of National Democratic Congress (NDC), lacks focus and undeserving of being given a chance to lead the country.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra Monday, the party’s National Director of Communications, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, said John Mahama’s “records makes him unfit to seek for another mandate”.
“It is the NPP’s strong contention that candidate John Mahama does not have the focus and competence necessary to take this country in the right direction.”
Mr. Asamoa further stressed that the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) blew his chances when he was given the nod by Ghanaians and therefore do not deserve a second term.
According to him, “Having had the most opportunity to affect Ghana’s fortunes positively, he blew it all, landing Ghana in the policy misery that saw him run to the IMF, barely 10 years after President Kufuor took us out of painful HIPC.
“Candidate Mahama’s omissions so impoverished Ghana that he refused the value of free SHS, blindly screaming that its implementation would collapse educational infrastructure and national finances.”
He added, “Candidate Mahama flip-flops. He follows the wind. As you can see, he is now converted by the forward-looking policies of the current administration, the strong, focused wind generated in the wake of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s credible delivery.
“So, all the policies he rejected as impossible when in power, the good governance he could not deliver, he is now saying he will do. After Nana Addo-Addo has already delivered.
“Somehow, sitting on the sidelines of governance for the past three and a half years, John Mahama is inviting governance partners that is the media, politicians, thought leaders, civil society influencers, voters, captains of industry and investment, international partners and competing fellow nations- to believe that he has made a magical jump from crass mismanagement, incompetence, and corruption to a place where he will take over and successfully continue policies he never believed in.
The Member of Parliament for Adentan Constituency concluded his address with a call on the media to help shape the minds of the public by playing an arbiter role between the two main political parties ahead of the general polls.
“Leadership is at the heart of the 2020 elections. National development rises and falls on leadership. Since the advent of the 1992 Constitution, there have been two contrasting political leaderships, the NPP and NDC. Of the two, the NPP is convinced that they have offered and delivered better leadership than the NDC. The NPP consistently performs better. We are better mangers of the economy,” he added.
“As the media, we expect that you remain steadfast independent arbiters in helping to redirect the debate to sifting the grain from the chaff and weighing the grain in the white light of fair inquiry.
“We hope that in this fast-evolving media environment of competing claims, you use the versatile tools at your disposal to throw even more light on the real issues of poverty eradication and jerky growth hindering our forward march.
“Your role as gatekeepers has become even more important as Covid-19 locks society down with the new normal,” he said.