Says Gov’t Is“Super Incompetent”
Former President John Dramani Mahama, has prescribed the now famous “Obinim Sticker” to his successor, Nana Akufo-Addo, as he describes his administration as “super incompetent”, suggesting the 74-year old man, needs some divine intervention to deliver on his 2016 campaign promises.
Mr. Mahama, added that President Akufo-Addo’s nonperformance, should not be rescued with a coup d’état to offer him a clever excuse.
Mr Mahama, who was addressing teeming supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper West Regional capital Wa, joked the Akufo-Addo administration, which is in its second year, will need the Obinim sticker to perform.
“I have been watching social media lately, and there’s something that has come, and I think it cures everything. It’s the Obinim sticker, the President and his government need an Obinim sticker. If it really works, then I think they need the sticker. So I am saying that we cannot depend on their incompetence, we need to work hard to gain the support of the electorates,” Mr Mahama said.
The ‘Obinim Sticker’ is a miracle-working sticker, which members of his International Gods Way Church say cures, and solves every problem, including nonperformance.
Mr Mahama, said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has failed and could be felt in the “unbearable hardship” being experienced by Ghanaians.“People are feeling more hardship than ever today,” he told the NDC supporters after the walk.
He added: “People said any idiot can borrow and that there is money in Ghana and that we can develop Ghana without borrowing but in one year and three months we have borrowed close to 30 billion Ghana cedis.”
Though he feels the incumbent NPP government, may be digging a ditch for itself ahead of the 2020 elections, Mr Mahama, cautioned the NDC, could not rely on the NPP’s failings to secure a victory.
“I must say that we must do hard work. You do not win an election on the weakness of your opponent.
“You do not win an election on the weakness of your opponent. You win an election because the electorates have confidence in you. And so even though NPP has proven to be super incompetent, we cannot sit and relax and say because they are super incompetent, we are going to win the next election. So we are going to work hard to win.
The former President, also asked party members to be decorous in their political discourse ahead of the internal party elections, saying “all of us in this party are family members. Let us be cautious about the words that come out of our mouths.”
“Let them be positive even if we have political opponents, and I am not talking about people only within our party but outside our party. Let us talk about the personal ideas and not insults.”
He further cautioned party members against “insulting” founder of the NDC, Jerry John Rawlings, who has been very critical of the party.
“I want to talk about our Founder. You might not like something he says or an action he is taking. You might disagree with his views but do not insult his person.”
In added support of the embattled Deputy General Secretary of the party, Koku Anyidoho, who had warned of a civil revolt that will topple the Akufo-Addo administration, former president, said Mr Anyidoho’s comments were taken out of context.
Mr Mahama, further said the NDC, had no intention of cutting short the four years offered, which he says the government is already performing poorly.
H stressed the NDC stood for democracy and was “more committed to the Fourth Republic than any other political party in this country.”
According to Mr.Mahama, the government is already not doing well, so it will be in nobody’s interest to truncate it, so that it would say, it could not live up to expectation because, it could not exhaust it mandated four years.
“We don’t support any truncation of our current democracy in any way. If somebody said something, he must have said it in some context, not that he or we had any intention to truncate the mandate that was given to the NPP.
Indeed, we must not help the NPP out by truncating their mandate. Let them go through the full embarrassment of their four years. If you push them out, they will say they were just on the verge of delivering their promises and were taken out,” Mr. Mahama said.
Mr. Anyidoho was detained for two days by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for making what were deemed to be treasonable comments during his criticism of the ratification of the controversial defence cooperation between Ghana and the US last month.
He was speaking on Accra-based Happy FM ahead of a demonstration against the Ghana-US deal.
At the time, Mr. Mahama chided the government for its high handed response to the comments and the manner in which Mr. Anyidoho was arrested.
Hundreds of National Democratic Congress (NDC), party faithful turned out in the Upper West Regional capital Wa to take part in the party’s Unity Walk.
The exercise which recorded one of the largest crowds attracted party supporters and sympathizers across the Region.
Among dignitaries who graced the occasion was former President John DramaniMahama and former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah.
The walk started around 7am at Tindamba Park. Led by the former President Mahama, former government appointees and national executives the party faithful walked through some principal streets from Zongo to glamour, police roundabout, T-Junction, Main traffic light, Upland Junction and back to the Tindamba Park.
Some party executives also took turns to address the gathering. They include MP for Wa West, Joseph Yirleh Chireh, and General Secretary of the party.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said Ghanaians have now regretted voting for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) because of the hardships they are now going through.
He sent a signal that opposition political parties ,will be organizing demonstrations across the country to protest against the Ghana-US Agreement.
The ten-kilometer exercise lasted for four hours, amidst brass band music.