The Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa has noted that John Mahama and the NDC are yet to deliver one socially sensitive policy for the benefit of Ghanaians to justify their tag of social democracy, and hence have no plan for the people of Ghana.
According to him, the NDC, under former President Mahama has never presented credible political ideas and a social and economic programme capable of moving Ghana beyond the present and into a future of wealth creation, and are only asking to lure Ghana backwards in development.
Addressing a Press Conference at the party office in Accra yesterday, said John Mahama during his ‘Thank You Tour’ has made several claims which in itself, are not in any way accurate and convincing enough to make the people of Ghana vote for him and the NDC in the coming election.
He said, the monumental failure of the ‘one time premium’ NHIS under John Mahama, the collapsed Free Maternal Health Care in which they delivered a few cargo vans in the name of ambulances, collapse of MASLOC with alleged corruption, and the mismanagement of LEAP and School Feeding, leaving heavy arrears are clear results of the legacies of John Mahama who is trying so hard to discredit the Akufo-Addo government.
“They opposed drone services to improve medical supply delivery. They struggled with the capitation grant for schools. They barely sustained Mass Transportation. They sunk Above all, they opposed and continue to oppose free education, a policy that is perhaps the most socially inclusive in the Fourth Republic,” he said.
“He talked about the 2020 General Elections being violently rigged against his victory. Only he talks like that. The rest of the country and the international observer community know otherwise. CODEO corroborated the EU findings of a free fair, peaceful and credible election, whilst several media houses called the election for President Akufo-Addo well before the EC formally did…. For the first time ever, the entire electoral process was paid for by the Government. The Government also guaranteed the most peaceful Ghanaian election ever by ensuring that political vigilantism was eliminated,” Yaw Buaben Asamoa noted.
Yaw Buaben Asamoa averred that the claims by John Mahama of abandoned projects have become a campaign mantra for him because it sounds good in his ears.
“Yet, if he had really done infrastructure in the interest of Ghanaians, the projects would have returned him to power. The truth is that with the IMF in charge, he had no money to do roads. He mortgaged the Road Fund to the hilt and sneaked through the backdoor of Kufuor’s cocoa roads initiative to overburden COCOBOD with billions of questionable road contracts. His suspect E-Block accounting will be dealt with in other fora but his record of signing onerous ‘Take or Pay’ contracts and high priced natural gas deals have to be exposed for the financial problems they continue to pose to the economy. His inability to fund fuel to run power plants protracted “dumsor”, causing havoc to businesses and social life, an admission he made to Parliament several times.”
He also noted that John Mahama’s IMF journey was because of his inability to manage the dangerous territory into which he led our financial sector as he confessed in Parliament how recklessly the financial sector had been mismanaged leading to major losses in savings, incomes and jobs for banks and savings and loans financial houses. Former President Mahama, he said, was the architect in chief of the financial sector bubble and its collapse and therefore can never run away from putting Ghana on the path to mega debt.
He described former President Mahama as “the walking embodiment of corruption,” who is seeking the mandate to come and fight corruption and that his solution to corruption fighting in his critical actions paper of 2012 was that he would lead by example.
“This example had to be investigated by his own President for doubtful Aircraft procurements, is implicated as Government Official One in the Airbus bribery Scandal and signed off on $1.2 billion to deliver a project eventually done for $4.6 million, a difference of 26,000% savings. This example was swallowed by alleged organised judgement debt shenanigans. He can talk about corruption, but he has not the faintest inkling of integrity to combat it.”
According to Yaw Buaben Asamoa the near impossible promises show an unprepared John Mahama selfishly seeking peoples’ mandate by exploiting their current difficulties.
“The issues are real but John Mahama and the NDC are not the solution. The CDD post-election 2020 survey is clear. All told, only 35% of the people surveyed voted for the NDC because of performance. The voter reduction against the NPP was for the NPP to react positively. Therefore, from 60% to 70% of voters expect changes in the NPP style of governance in order to continue to break the eight rather than change to NDC and set us back.”
He said, the NPP Government will continue to offer clear visionary leadership that not only diagnoses problems, but seeks to resolve them. We will continue to offer hope and belief in the Ghanaian and Ghana.