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Paramount chief tells Mahama why he lost 2016 elections

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The paramount chief of Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area, Okatakyie Kwasi Bumanagama II has told former President John Mahama that his appointees caused his unprecedented defeat in the 2016 general elections.

Okatakyie Bumanagama II who commended the NDC flagbearer for his good works during his tenure added that Ghanaians know what he did but the challenge he had before the 2016 polls was largely caused by his appointees.

“It is up to your appointees to work and make sure that Ghanaians are aware of the work you have done since 1992 for the whole world to bear witness”.

He said Mr Mahama’s appointees were not able to preach about the projects the NDC government undertook then.

He made this revelation when the NDC flagbearer paid a courtesy call on him at the Okogyeabuor’s palace at Sefwi Wiawso, the Western Regional Capital as part of his four-day campaign tour to the Region.

Addressing Okatakyie Akwasi Bumanagama II at his palace, Mr Mahama promised the chiefs and people there a public university, regular potable water, good roads and accessible telecom network.

This, he said, “One thing I noticed was the neglected roads. During my tenure, we took a percentage of cocoa revenue to invest in road construction but unfortunately has not been completed by my successors.”

He attributed the bad nature of the roads to neglect by the Akufo-Addo-led administration.

“The roads are now in a deplorable state. After the creation of new regions, it has been noticed that there is no public university in Western North Region.

“We shall meet respective stakeholders and at an appropriate time and following due processes ensure that Western North Region has a public university that serves everyone,” he said.

 

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What Have You Used Your Borrowed Money For? – Mahama Queries Prez Akufo-Addo 

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Former President and the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has questioned the spending attitude of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to him, during his administration, Ghana’s financial purse was well managed but the Akufo-Addo government can’t give a good account of what they use the State’s money for.

Mr. Mahama, delivering a speech at a Town Hall meeting at Cape Coast in the Central Region, recounted how his government utilized the national revenue saying they constructed Elmina Fish Processing Plant, Kokokraba Market, Komenda Sugar Factory, Elmina bridge, Kwame Nkrumah interchange among others.

He stated that his government incurred a debt of Ghc 56 billion but President Akufo-Addo, in his first term, has recorded a whopping 140 billion debt stock.

“What has he used the 140 billion his government has borrowed for?

“They have done nothing with the money, yet they are asking for four more. Is it four more to add more debts to the already existing debts?” Mr Mahama questioned.

 

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2020 polls: Commit to peace, shun violence – Akufo-Addo to parties

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged the political parties and citizens taking part in the 7 December 2020 polls, to commit to peace.

“On the larger issue of the peace of our nation in these sensitive times, let me assure you of the wholehearted efforts that are being made by my government and I, to ensure the peace and stability of the nation, as we enter the home straight of the electioneering campaign.

“I am calling on all political actors and the citizenry, as a whole, to commit themselves to a peaceful process, and to forego any resort to violence”, the President said on Tuesday, 13 October 2020, when he opened the refurbished Hall of Trade Unions of the Trades Union Congress.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “The Inspector-General of Police, and the other heads of the law enforcement agencies, have made abundantly clear their determination to enforce the laws of the land, including the law banning vigilantism, in an impartial, even-handed manner, without recourse to political colour, to secure the peace of the nation. I support fully their attitude, and will give them my maximum backing”.

Recounting his commitment to maintaining the peace and stability of the country on several occasions, the President noted that, in 2008, he accepted the results of a closely-fought election, which was won by the slimmest of margins, some forty thousand (40,000) votes, without asking for a recount.

“Again, in the disputed elections of 2012, I protested the outcome in the highest court of the land, and, after proceedings that lasted eight months, I accepted an unfavourable verdict, called on my followers to respect the decision of the court, and Ghana came out with her democratic credentials enhanced, and the peace and stability of the nation maintained,” he added.

The New Patriotic Party, the President stressed, has proved to the world “that we were willing and able to submerge our individual and partisan preferences for the common good.”

The Party, he added, demonstrated “that it was not the ambitions of Akufo-Addo, nor the fortunes of the NPP, that we sought to promote. The stability and progress of Ghana, and the enhancement of her democracy, were the paramount considerations that guided our every action in those difficult days,” he added.

Ghana, President Akufo-Addo noted, has rightly earned a reputation as the pacesetter in democratic governance on the African continent, a reputation he is determined to uphold and, indeed, enhance, prior to, during and after the 7th December elections.

“I would need, of course, the full collaboration and co-operation of the entire citizenry, including members of Organised Labour, to help attain this end. We have all to work together to create the environment that will allow the Ghanaian people to make their decision on 7th December in freedom, peace and security. It is their right,” he added.

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Jubilee House not a remedial class – Bawumia tells Mahama

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Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has told former President John Mahama that the presidency is not a place for correcting the mistakes made by erratic leaders.

Mr Mahama is seeking a comeback on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress after losing the 2016 polls and has been telling Ghanaians that he will correct his mistakes if given a second chance.

But Dr Bawumia told Kumasi-based Ashh FM on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 that: “The Presidency is not remedial classes for correction of mistakes”.

Dr Bawumia stressed that former President Mahama’s regime was “so erratic” that it left the country in ruins, leading to his eventual defeat in 2016.

According to him, in opposition and as a presidential candidate, the former president has been “so inconsistent” that he can no longer be trusted.

“We all saw how badly he managed this country and the economy which led to many problems, such as dumsor. They could not pay for basic allowances and services.”

“Even in opposition, he hasn’t changed and he says he will correct his mistakes.”

The Vice-President listed many policy contradictions and inconsistencies to buttress his point that former President Mahama lacks clear policies and vision, and can, therefore, not be trusted.

“Mahama is full of inconsistencies and contradictions. He says one thing today, and another tomorrow”, Dr Bawumia said.

“He banned okada, now he says he will legalise it. He was in favour of teacher licensure exams, now he says he will cancel it. He cancelled Arabic instructors’ allowance, which we have restored, and now he says he supports it. He said he wasn’t a magician to create jobs, now he says he will create one million jobs. When we introduced Free SHS, he said it was a hoax and 419, now he says he will expand it.”

Dr Bawumia also said some of Mr Mahama’s promises lack sincerity.

According to him, Mr Mahama, after criticising the Akufo-Addo government for its free Coronavirus water and electricity interventions, is now promising free primary health care.

Mahama said free things are not good and he attacked us for giving Ghanaians relief with free electricity and water in the midst of COVID. But now, he says he will give free primary health care.”

“When he was President, he advocated for the independence of the Electoral Commission, but he is now attacking the EC.”

“Where is the consistency and where is the credibility?”

Dr. Bawumia is currently on a tour of the Ashanti Region.

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