The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama says he is certain that regions in the country usually known to be ‘swing regions’ will vote for his party in the upcoming General Elections.
In an interview on Adom TV’s Badwam Monday, the former President revealed that during his campaign tour, chiefs and people of these regions expressed displeasure on how the NPP-led government is handling the affairs of the nation.
He insisted the Akufo-Addo administration has poorly implemented policies at the expense of the citizenry.
“Our analyses show that we have a swing coming towards us because where the NPP thinks they are strong even, we see a positive shift towards us.
“When you speak to the chiefs and the youth, you will realise that there is a positive change in our favour,” he said.
Commenting on galamsey (small scale mining), Mr Mahama stated that President Akufo-Addo has handled it “disastrously, and that can cost them, especially in the gold mining areas”.
He added that before leaving office, the NDC had developed “a programme for re-engineering the whole small scale mining sector”. However, it was discovered that “having soldiers run around after these young boys will not lead to anything positive”.
“You cannot use force of arms to stop this thing; you need to bring in some incentive, bring better supervision into the sector.
Considering Akufo-Addo’s promise to resign should he fail to check the galamsey menace, John Mahama asked that the President resign, as he has failed “miserably” to deliver on this promise.
“Akufo-Addo said if he fails to check this galamsey menace, he is prepared to quit the presidency so he should resign now because he has failed miserably. The rivers are dirtier today than they were in 2016, there’s more devastation in the forest…” he concluded.