…Dazed By “Accounting To The People Tour”
The aging and rusty 2016 campaign manager of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu, has been left in tears, accusing President John Mahama of “abusing incumbency” with his ‘Accounting to the People’ tour, which has widely been described as successful.
The main opposition, feels embittered about it, claiming Mahama, who is the flagbearer of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 elections, is using state resources to campaign.
Since, his selection by Nana Akufo-Addo, Mac Manu, who as NPP National Chairman, sent the party into opposition, is yet to come out with any meaningful strategy to help prosecute the NPP Campaign, party insiders have told The Herald.
The team campaign, dominated by businessmen, namely Ken Ofori-Atta, Edward Boateng and Akwasi Agyeman, both of Global Media Alliance, are consumed by their private business activities, instead of prosecuting the Akufo-Addo 2016 Campaign.
After his election as National Chairman of the then governing NPP, Mr. Mac Manu, spent all his time chasing government contracts, especially at the Local Government Ministry drilling boreholes, among other things.
The party lost the 2008 presidential election, and he went into history as the only NPP incumbent chairman, who voluntarily did not seek reelection, afraid he was going to be embarrassed.
“We should be able to distinguish purely party activities from government activities, however thin the line is,” Mac Manu whose tenure as the NPP National Chairman sent the party into opposition, told Accra-based Joy FM, last Monday.
He went on “these are areas of concern on abuse of incumbency and how they relate to impartiality of elections… if you use government activities to portray the image of your party then it’s unfair to Ghana’s presidential candidates… if you look at the activities I think it is not purely government activity. I think there should be some rules or guidelines in this. The speeches that are made does not suggest the inference you are making.”
When his attention was drawn to a similar exercise embarked upon during the tenure of ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor, the former national chairman of the NPP said: “Things that went bad eight years ago should not be repeated now… making reference to the past does not help us as a people.”
Mahama, is on a nationwide tour, showcasing developmental projects undertaken during his reign over the last three years, as well as commissioning a few ones, while encouraging Ghanaians to retain him in power to continue with the projects.
President Mahama, is in the Volta region on the “Accounting to the People tour” after going to the Western and Eastern regions.