..Hits Akufo-Addo’s Groin
Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has recaptured the heart of the Northern region, throwing a challenge to his successor, President Akufo-Addo, to move beyond propaganda and work to assuage the plight of the suffering masses who voted for change at the last elections.
This comes two months after the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, was hooted in Tamale during the devastating floods in the metropolis leading to the loss of four lives.
According to ex-President Mahama, Akufo-Addo, has no excuse than to implement the juicy campaign promises that won him power at the last elections.
Mr. Mahama, cited the then New Patriotic Party (NPP) in opposition promise to drastically reduce fuel prices, create jobs and electricity tariffs, as some of the juicy promises, but so far there’s nothing to show and the Akufo-Addo government is still engaged in propaganda.
Former President Mahama, who was addressing a mammoth crowd at the Kulikuli School Park to climax the party’s maiden unity health walk in the Northern regional capital, Tamale on Saturday said “No amount of propaganda can make the people oblivious of their own responsibilities because they are living with the prevailing circumstances.”
Thousands loyalists and sympathizers of the party, joined the former leader and his team for the Health Walk code-named “Unity wins” part of its agenda 2020 campaign strategy in Tamale.
Some of the party bigwigs that participated in the event up-north included; the NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah; Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu; Former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah; Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini; MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, and a former Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba among others.
The former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, was happy about the huge patronage of the Northern regional Health Walk, saying this will go a long way to rekindle the NDC’s unity spirit in the Northern enclave.
Mr. Mahama called for a formidable opposition to represent the voiceless by constructively criticizing government to keep it on track.
He said, the NDC cannot win the next general elections with a divided front for which reason party loyalists and leadership should bury their differences and unite for a common good.
He recalled the party’s humiliating defeat at the last elections saying, “It was good we lost the 2016 elections for Ghanaians to feel the deceptive nature of the governing NPP then in opposition.
He commended the NDC’s minority caucus in Parliament for keeping the Nana Addo administration on its toes.
He said, God in his wisdom made the NDC lose the 2016 elections, in order for Ghanaians to compare and appreciate their performance while in government.
What the country is going through now was a deliberate act by God for Ghanaians to compare and appreciate how honestly his administration was working to develop the country.
He said, the defeat of the NDC, has exposed the dishonesty of the NPP and hope Ghanaians would now begin to cherish the principals and policies of the party.
“If God hadn’t let us stepped aside Ghanaians would never appreciate anything that we do, because they would say that, if Nana Addo had won he would have reduced petrol prices, electricity tariffs, if Nana Addo had won he would provide employment to all Ghanaians; so God said sons, my children step aside, let Ghanaians experience that one too, and we are experiencing it. we are living it,” he said.
“When you come out of a defeat you need time to heal and so in the aftermath of the defeat, you will have disagreement, as to who caused that defeat and that will lead to quarrel amongst you but you gone through that processes we called catharsis, you must put your differences behind and start to look forward the next battle.
“And so let’s say that after eight months of quarrelling and accusing each other and doing everything in disagreement, the time has come for us to put those disagreements behind and look forward the battle of 2020” Mr. Mahama said appealed.
In a direct criticism, Mahama scoffed the NPP administration and reminds that “no amount of propaganda can make the people oblivious to their own living because they are living it”.
He said, two responsibilities of the NDC to Ghanaians was to become a formidable opposition, be the voice of voiceless and point out where government was going wrong for corrections in the interest of Ghanaians and secondly, to reorganize, re-strategized and analyze the reason why we lost the last elections and prepare ourselves for next elections ahead in 2020.
He also thanked the event organizers for their forethought and promised to unveil himself for similar events if replicated nationwide.
Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, mocked the governing NPP’s much touted “Free SHS” policy and described it as political gimmick.
According to him, Akufo-Addo’s administration is in a haste to implement the policy without proper financing.
He served notice that the NDC minority caucus in Parliament, will fiercely resist any attempts to implement the policy at all cost for political expediency.
He explained that the NDC as a social democratic party was not against the implementation of the Free SHS policy, but insisted that the right structures must be put in place to ensure its sustainability.
He thereby admonished President Akufo-Addo, to rethink about the Free SHS policy and promote national dialogue on the policy.
The NDC General Secretary, cautioned the party’s communicators against politicizing his reported attack at gun point on the Kumasi-Accra highway.
He trusted that state institutions handling the case are capable of apprehending the culprits and called for maximum restraint commenting on the issue.
He nonetheless stated that the party will draw its conclusion on the issue, should the state institutions fail in their investigations.
MP for Sagnarigu constituency, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, and also the NDC minority caucus communications Director, appealed to all party loyalists to genuinely forgive each other.
He said, the NDC cannot afford to be in opposition beyond 2020 and that success of the unity health walk should not be jeopardized.
The event which lasted for several hours, caused heavy vehicular and human traffic on the streets of Tamale, but nothing untoward happened and there were no casualties.