‘I’ll not answer aspirants’

President Nana Addo Dankwa  Akufo-Addo has said he will not respond to any of the main opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC)  flag bearer aspirants until they are duly elected as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2020 polls.


“I’m sure you have seen and heard some of the presidential aspirants of the leading opposition party taking jabs at my government in order, ostensibly, to prop up their campaign.”


“And whilst at it, they are desperately trying to get me to respond to them.”


“Let me state here and now, for the records that President Akufo-Addo will not respond to presidential aspirants.”


“He will respond to presidential candidates that have been duly elected by their parties.”


“Then, he will engage those who still think Ghanaians have short memories”, the president said at the weekend  at the University of Development Studies, Tamale, in the Northern Region


This is almost similar to a comment made by then President Mahama to the effect that he couldn’t be criticized by then running mate of the NPP and now Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia because he hadn’t been President before


Former President John Dramani Mahama who is among 13 NDC’s flag-bearer aspirants  had in the last few weeks been jabbing President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia over their handling of the economy.


According to him (Mr Mahama) , Akufo-Addo and Bawumia had not been able to turn the Ghanaian economy around despite promising Ghanaians what he termed as “heaven.”

He also accused them of lying their way to power and have not been able to live up to expectation.

Speaking at a meeting with NDC delegates in Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region last week, Mr  Mahama for instance  said,  the NPP owed Ghanaians an apology.


“It is the hypocrisy that Ghanaians are angry with and we have all your quotations about borrowing. You said any idiot can borrow. That is what you said.”

“…so today if you have turned around and you see that you can borrow and invest in assets, the first thing you do is apologise, the first thing you do is apologise to Ghanaians and say you didn’t know; we are sorry, now we will borrow, even the US is borrowing. Of course, the US is borrowing. So what”, he quizzed?




Writer’s email: kofi.tawiah@todaygh.com

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