The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said that its rival, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been left dazed by the gains made during the Thank You Tour of former President John Mahama hence their incessant attacks on him.
Mr Mahama last week began a tour to thank Ghanaians for keeping faith with him and voting for the NDC in the 2020 elections.
His tour has been greeted with a number of responses from the NPP criticizing the Former President for making unfounded claims.
Among others, the NPP has accused him of attempting to foist a narrative of hardships on Ghanaians and levelling misleading corruption allegations against the government.
Particularly, the NPP was not pleased by a call from Mr Mahama for them to be voted out in the 2024 elections as the only way of holding them to account for their stewardship.
Responding to these claims at a press conference in Accra, the National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, said the NPP had panicked over Mr Mahama’s call for accountability because it was neck-deep in “systematic corruption”.
He recounted a series of corruption allegations for which he says the government had refused to investigate and punish perpetrators. These included the PDS, Movinpina and the Sputnik V scandals.
He said Ghanaians “have not forgotten about the infamous PDS scam through which Ghana lost over a billion dollars of grant from the United States of America. You would recall how in the year 2019, PDS a company made up of an appointee and cronies of President Akufo-Addo, used a “fraudulent” Insurance Guarantee to takeover the GHc20 billion assets of the Electricity Company of Ghana. This scam was occasioned and facilitated by the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Bawumia to amend the requirement of a bank guarantee that has to be provided by the concessionaire (PDS) into an Insurance guarantee, the validity of which the government deliberately refused to authenticate so they could capture that important state asset, ECG for the family and friends of President Akufo-Addo. Even more bizarre and sad is the fact that till date, PDS has refused to refund to the State the electricity bills worth over GHc1.2 billion which they collected from ECG customers during the pendency of the ECG-PDS concession Agreement”.
Mr Gyamfi accused the government of a grand scheme to empty the public purse for personal gain and said the Former President’s call was timely as it was the only viable option left to the people of Ghana due to the intransigence of the NPP on the issue of corruption.
He urged Ghanaians to disregard the NPP’s claims and remain focused on voting them out in 2024.