The Vice-Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, after fouling the air with his concocted figures and unsubstantiated allegations, has decided to mount his defense in far away United States of America (USA).
His allegation that the Government of Ghana was sanctioned by the African Development Bank (AfDB) over non-payment of its debt to the institution has been short down by both the government and the AfDB.
Addressing party supporters in the USA at a fund raising dinner, Dr. Bawumia said he never lied about the figures and his prediction that government of Ghana was going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout.
The only thing he probably got right in all his criticism of the government is the decision to seek a bailout. We do not see that as something we should applaud him for, because he was in a privileged position to know that looking at his background, first as a former Deputy Governor and a running mate of the biggest opposition party in the country.
Immediately after his lecture, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), held a press conference to discredit all the figures Dr. Bawumia churned out. He was challenged to give the source of his figures, as well as substantiate his claims.
The AfDB, also issued a statement discounting what Dr. Bawumia said regarding the bank’s internal Memo which suggested that Ghana had defaulted in settling its debt, a misrepresentation that was corrected the moment the error was detected.
The Government which was variously accused in that lecture also put up a spirited defense challenging Dr. Bawumia to either substantiate with evidence or shut up.
He took the latter by shutting up, only for him to reappear in the USA, which is far away from Ghana, to try and justify his claims.
That was an attitude of a coward, he was giving every opportunity to shame the Government, AfDB and the GSS, yet the man was nowhere to be found.
It is said that, it is only a liar who will say his witness is always in China. Bawumia come home and speak to the issues.