Former President John Dramani Mahama, says it is dangerous to experiment political leadership, with someone who lacks the needed skills, to put the country on the right track.
“Somebody came to you and said try me, now look at the results”, Mr.Mahama told delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Nadowli constituency in the Upper West Region on yesterday.
Mr Mahama, said as a political leader, it is easy to criticise when in opposition, but the situation is different in government.
Former President Mahama said it is therefore important for a leader who is tried and tested to
be elected in 2020 to work towards reducing the high cost of living and provide jobs for the people.
Earlier yesterday, ex-President Mahama’s office, issued a strong worded statement saying “the Office of the Vice President was brought into disrepute in a viral video in which Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, whilst pretending to perform official duties, descended to his lowest tocall former President John Dramani Mahama names”.
The statement said, “it is sad to note that after nearly halfway through the four-year term of the government of which Dr. Bawumia is the Vice President, he still lacks the presence of mind to appreciate the
distinction between his role as Vice President and that of his propagandist running mate days on campaign platforms”.
“Whilst reminding Dr. Bawumia that any needless and unprovoked attack on former President Mahama on any day will not go unanswered, we wish to remind him that the Office of the VicePresident is conducted with grace, decency and maturity, not reckless and unrestrained talk” the ex-President’s office said.
It warned “Let him also be reminded that respect for political office holders is earned and that if hechooses to play it dirty, he will get it back in equal measure, pressed down, shaken togetherand running over”.
It added that “We wish to draw Dr. Bawumia’s attention to the fact that whilst he is busily majoring in minorsand taking to cheap and unsophisticated politics, the manifesto promises of the New PatrioticParty for which Ghanaians voted for them have yet to be fulfilled”.
The One District, One Factory is in limbo; there is no sign of One Village, One Dam; the OneDistrict, One warehouse promise has proven to be a sham; the one million dollars perconstituency per year promise is in two years arrears for all 275 constituencies; the promise tomake Accra the cleanest city in Africa has produced the most embarrassing spectacle of filth under Bawumia’s watch; the dollar and petroleum prices have spiraled out of control; teachertrainee allowances have not been paid; allowances for student nurses are in arrears; one hotmeal, free egg and a bar of chocolate a day for public primary school pupils have turned out tobe a hoax; and the NPP government remains clueless about how to fulfill many other promises that it made.
“It is shocking that Vice President Bawumia who has become the butt of all jokes in the countryfor his inability to match his performance on the job and the management of the economy withhis numerous propagandist lectures in opposition, has the temerity to call former President John Dramani Mahama names”, it said.
It stated that “Mr Mahama and his government have a solid record of investment in education, energy, roads, healthcare and aviation infrastructure, among others and we can understand both thefrustration and desperation of Dr. Bawumia and his NPP following the rousing reception which has greeted Mr Mahama’s campaign tours in the regions”.
“We also wish to assure the public that nothing from Mr Mahama’s political opponents will stophim from taking the NDC to victory in the 2020 elections so that Ghanaians can be saved fromthe high cost of living, job losses and general economic hardship under the NPP administration”, it said.
Finally, it said “we wish to point out that Dr. Bawumia’s continuous silence on the suspension of the headmaster of Tempane Senior High School for allegedly allowing an NDC National Organiser hopeful to interact with students exposes the Vice President not only to ridicule but alsosolidifies his unenviable record as an unprincipled politician”, adding “This is because no one has visitedsenior high schools to dabble in partisan politics more than Dr. Bawumia”.