Former President John Dramani Mahama has said recent happenings in Ghana have exposed the falsehood New Patriotic Party (NPP) told before the December 2016 general election.
This, Mahama noted, vindicates the NDC government which he said did its best for Ghanaians.
Addressing supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Aflao in the Volta Region at the last edition of the party’s Unity Walk last Saturday, he said he felt hurt listening to what he described as falsehoods peddled by the governing NPP against his government but restrained himself from responding with hope that posterity would be the ultimate judge.
He added that recent happenings under this government had exonerated his administration.
I feel hurt
“Sometimes when I listen to them, I feel very hurt in my heart at some of the creativity they have in crafting those falsehoods. And sometimes, human as I am, I feel like coming out and responding, but I remember that in our last campaign rally in Accra, I concluded by saying that I have done my best and leave the rest to the Almighty God. I said history would be the judge. I have always said that the Almighty God would speak. And if you look at the events of the last one and half years, you would know that our God is a living God. Recent events are vindicating the NDC,” he said.
He said his opponents had self-inflicted themselves by doing worst things than those they accused of at the time.
“Our opponents who accused us of subjecting Ghanaians to hardship are putting Ghanaians through the most severe hardship in Ghana’s history. Our opponents who accused us without any evidence of running a family and friends government have proven to be the most nepotistic government in the history of Ghana,” he stated.
He said the unity walk had proven to be the sure way of reorganising the party in the run up to the 2020 general election.
Photo shop projects
The former President also accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of failing to give his administration credit for some of the projects it initiated that were currently being inaugurated.
“Our opponents who accused us of photoshopped projects today are going round and inaugurating those projects; but you know the most shocking, they are also cutting the sod again on projects we’d cut sod for already. For the Kumasi Airport Phase Two, we got the loan of US$65 million euros and sent it to Parliament. Parliament approved it and on December 5, 2016, I was asked to go and cut the sod for the Kumasi Airport Phase 2. Then you come back and cut the same sod, same contractor, same money, same site; that project would have been finished by next year. What a waste of national resources!”
The Minority in Parliament last Thursday expressed shock at the decision by President Akufo-Addo to cut the sod for the Phase Two of the Kumasi International Airport despite the fact that it was done by the Mahama administration.
The Minority in a statement said: “We note that the same contractor with whom an agreement was entered in 2016 to execute the project has been retained for the project. We find it inexplicable, therefore, that the President would waste scarce national resources to perform a ceremony that has already been undertaken by his processor.”
The statement added: “This sort of conduct smacks of desperation and are symptomatic of a government that has nothing to show for the billions of Ghana cedis it has borrowed since January 2017. The Minority caucus in Parliament deplores this level of populism and shallow opportunism through which the Akufo-Addo government seeks to take undue credit for the work of others”.