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Lies, deceit can't secure you victory - Akufo-Addo advises Mahama

BY: Donald Ato Kwamena & Shirley Aseidu-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the campaign messages of former President John Mahama as "fabrications, misrepresentations and outright lies."

"The path to the Presidency can not be realized through fabrications, misrepresentations and outright lies, because the Ghanaian people will never accept that as a way to office in the country," he told an excited crowd at Swedru as part of his two-day campaign tour of the Central Region.

President Akufo-Addo and his campaign team had earlier visited Buduburam, in the Gomoa East Constituency and Ewutu Senya West.

Free SHS

"Former President Mahama is claiming that he brought the Free SHS, is that true? How can an elder of this country lie like that?“ President Akufo-Addo quipped.

He reminded the gathering that former President Mahama in 2016 described the Free SHS as a dangerous policy that had caused a lot of problems in many African countries, and wondered why the NDC presidential candidate would turn around and claim he introduced the policy in 2015.

Forgetful

He advised former President Mahama to bear in mind that Ghanaians were not forgetful as he assumed and that they remember the hardship he took them through during his tenure.

Promises

President Akufo-Addo expressed shock that the former President was going round the country making promises of what he would do if elected as President.  

He noted that former President Mahama was not new to the presidency and the electorate, therefore, he should render accounts of the 8 years that he was at the helm of affairs.

He challenged him to tell Ghanaians what he did wrong for the voters to reject him with such massive vote difference.

Foundation

President Akufo-Addo said NPP had laid the foundation for the development and progress of the country in the first term and the second term would be use to erect the house of prosperity and progress.

Accounts

He said four years ago he came to the people with a set of pledges to develop the country and after four years he was appearing before them to render accounts of his stewardship.

He said he had fulfilled his promises stating that, “I am truthful and I didn't come to lie my way through to power so if you are satisfied with the work you gave me add the four more years for to do more for you".

Endorsement

The Omanhene of Gomoa Akyepim, Obrifo Ahunako Ahor Ankobea II, commended President Akufo-Addo for the various developmental projects and policies that his government had executed within the last four years.

He said the people of Ghana had all benefited from the work of the President and that he was confident that the people would renew his mandate.

Security

He said because President Akufo-Addo would win the elections, he was appealing to him to establish a military base at Buduburam to support the efforts of the police in dealing with the increasing rate of crime in the area.

Nana Ankobea also appealed to the President to ensure that the main Accra - Cape Coast road be expanded to curtail the disturbing nature of the the traffic jam in the area.