Story: Atta Kwaku Boadi
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has taken swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government for allowing corruption, nepotism and injustice to creep into the body politic of the country.
“This is the most polarized our country has been since independence. Public offices and boards of directors have been packed with party supporters and sympathizers with no room for professional and objective minds and voices.
“The insidious rot of politicization festers within our state institutions. From the judiciary to the security forces, from regulatory bodies to the very core of government, the NPP has injected its poison of party loyalty, leaving behind a wasteland of eroded trust and crippled accountability. Justice, once blind, now squints through eyes clouded by political favors. The rule of law, once a cornerstone of our nation, now crumbles under the weight of executive overreach”, the PPP stated.
Addressing a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, the National Chairman of the party, Nana Ofori Owusu bemoaned the situation where one must hold a party card or know someone in leadership position in the ruling party in order to be recruited into the security services or receive a job, contract from the state.
“When those who are to protect all of us believe that they must listen to some master’s voice without regard to the facts and realities, then the state of the nation can be described as being a dangerous one”, he said.
Th Full Statement by PPP
STATEMENT PRESENTED TO THE MEDIA AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON 6TH FEBRUARY, 2024 AT THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS CENTER
To The Ghanaian,
Ladies & Gentlemen
The storm clouds gather over our beloved Ghana, casting a long shadow of doubt and despair. Our nation, once a beacon of hope for the continent, now stumbles under the weight of a New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration that has traded progress for plunder, direction for division, and hope for despair.
NANA AKUFO ADDO/BAWUMIA NPP ADMINISTRATION
The Nana Addo/Bawumia and New Patriotic Party administration has, for far too long, steered our ship towards disaster, its rudder broken through state capture and its misuse for personal gain, and its sails torn by the winds of vindictive policies.
POLITICIZATION & PARTISANSHIP OF STATE INSTITUTIONS
This is the most polarized our country has been since independence. Public offices and boards of directors have been packed with party supporters and sympathizers with no room for professional and objective minds and voices.
The insidious rot of politicization festers within our state institutions. From the judiciary to the security forces, from regulatory bodies to the very core of government, the NPP has injected its poison of party loyalty, leaving behind a wasteland of eroded trust and crippled accountability. Justice, once blind, now squints through eyes clouded by political favors. The rule of law, once a cornerstone of our nation, now crumbles under the weight of executive overreach.
Under this administration, one must hold a party card or know someone in leadership position in the ruling party in order to be recruited into the security services or receive a job/contract from the state. When those who are to protect all of us believe that they must listen to some master’s voice without regard to the facts and realities, then the state of the nation can be described as being a dangerous one.
Ladies & gentlemen, the so-called flagship policies of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia administration such as: Free SHS – has been soiled. There are reports of allegation upon allegation which is rampant, that, political engineering has been worked to produce artificially positive examination results for the school children. Our party has promoted free, continuous and compulsory universal basic education from kindergarten to the end of senior high school. The NPP used our policy to get votes, didn’t know how to finance it and have given it a bad name. It is obvious that the PPP will review and improve upon this all important education policy to make it credible and to give our children the foundation they need to compete in a global environment where innovation and technology are fundamental requirements
MONETIZATION OF POLITICS
Ladies & Gentlemen, Money and more money has been creeping into our politics and elections since the beginning of the 4th Republic. But now it has gone too far. The Nana Addo/Bawumia and New Patriotic Party has established filthy financial requirements for elections. Vote buying has become the norm. It’s no longer a deep mind that the people look to elect. For the NPP, only deep pockets are welcomed. If we the citizens don’t fight back, our democracy is doomed. This must stop because a dangerous precedence is being set which is not good for our democracy.
SALE OF PUBLIC/STATE PROPERTIES
Under this Nana Addo/Bawumia and New Patriotic Party administration, everything belonging to the state is for sale – land is for sale, minerals is for sale, oil and gas is for sale, lithium is for sale, people are for sale, electricity is for sale, water is for sale, forests is for sale etc., etc. We cannot keep silent while this government auction and collateralize everything belonging to Ghana. It is cruelty to eat current money and future money as well. We must protect state properties and save them for future generations.
FAMILY & FRIENDS GOVERNMENT
The phrase, friends and family has been expanded to become friends, family and party. If you are not one of them, you cannot own a bank, an insurance company, an investment company, a mining company, an oil and gas field, a radio station and many, many more. It is as if Ghana belongs to one family. We are one nation, one people with a common destiny. But this government has successfully segregated the country on partisan lines. This is a threat to our survival in the near future.
DESTRUCTION OF INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES
Ladies & Gentlemen, let us speak the truth about the deliberate destruction of indigenous financial institutions, and in particular, the injustice inflicted upon GN Bank. This government, with malice in its heart and greed in its eyes, has waged war on the very lifeblood of our economy. Banks, built by Ghanaian sweat and ingenuity, stand in ruins, their doors locked by the iron fist of political vendettas and discriminatory policies.
GN Bank, a symbol of financial empowerment and entrepreneurial spirit, lies shattered, a testament to this regime’s ruthlessness. Its collapse, orchestrated by whispers in the corridors of power, left not just families broken, but faith in our future shattered.
But even in the face of this tragedy, we refuse to be silenced! The recent High Court decision, which erroneously ruled against GN Bank, only fuels our determination to fight for justice. We know, in our hearts and minds, that GN Bank was solvent, that it met all regulatory requirements, and that its revocation was politically motivated, a deliberate attempt to crush an indigenous success story.
Therefore, we stand here today, united as Ghanaians, to declare that we will not accept this injustice! We are informed that shareholders are appealing the High Court decision, and we will fight tooth and nail until GN Bank is rightfully restored. We will not allow this government to get away with its blatant disregard for the rule of law and its callous disregard for the livelihoods of ordinary Ghanaians.
And this is not just about GN Bank, friends. This is about the future of our entire nation. We cannot stand by and watch as this government systematically destroys our businesses, undermine our institutions, and lines its own pockets with ill-gotten gains. We must rise up, together, and demand a better Ghana.
THE STENCH OF CORRUPTION
Lastly, the stench of corruption hangs heavy in the air. Scandals whisper in alleys, scandals scream from headlines, yet still, this government turns a blind eye, deafened by the clinking of ill-gotten gains. Cash for seats, bonds for cronies, vaccines for profit – a symphony of plunder conducted by those who swore to serve but instead feast on the carcass of our nation.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have news for them. Ghana belongs to all of us. Whatever they do, this Nana Addo/Bawumia government will go and their level will become very, very evident. Those so-called professionals – lawyers, accountants, engineers and consultants of all types who are aiding and abetting the current administration to kill the dreams of hard working citizens will also get their due. We know who they are.
We, the people of Ghana, are not those who surrender to the darkness. We are the sons and daughters of Kwame Nkrumah, J.A Kuffuor, John Fiifi Atta Mills, of those who dared to dream of a Ghana built on integrity, prosperity, and progress. In our veins flow the blood of warriors who defied empires and carved a nation from the jaws of adversity. Today, we rise again, fists clenched, voices strong, to declare that enough is enough!
Friends, even in this despair, a flicker of hope remains. We, the people, are the embers of change. We, the united voices of discontent, are the rising tide that will cleanse this land of its oppressors. We, the inheritors of greatness, will be the architects of a new dawn.
In the upcoming elections, let our votes be thunder, let our ballots be lightning, let our anger be the storm that sweeps away this corrupt regime. Let us join hands, PPP and Ghanaians of all walks of life, and form a new alliance, a Great Alliance 2.0, that will rescue our nation from this abyss.
We demand a government that respects our businesses, not crushes them. A government that upholds the rule of law, not bends it to its will. A government that serves the people, not lines its own pockets.
Ghana needs a rescuer, and that rescuer resides not in the corridors of power, but in the hearts and minds of its people. We are the rescuers, we are the change, we are the future.
The PPP will prove that our brand of politics is unique, exceptional and just what Ghanaians need to give them hope and confidence. Our choice of policy areas mirrors the challenges the nation faces. Our inclusive approach will ensure that we select the best men and women to find and implement the solutions needed with urgency. Incorruptible leadership will be the key to a bright future.
We believe in Ghanaian excellence. We believe in Ghanaian prosperity. We believe in all of the Ghanaian people. The pact we want to have with the citizens is that we will fight for dramatically accelerated developmental progress. We will fight to move Ghana away from the maintenance of mediocrity, the culture of indiscipline, the constant failure of leadership, the cruelty of resource mismanagement and the tragedy of low expectations for a resource rich nation such as Ghana.
We promised in 2016, to “Create Jobs. Use government’s purchasing power to ensure that we eat what we grow and use what we produce in Ghana. Improve Ghana’s business climate to enable investment in job creation so that our people will stay at home to help develop the country and its economy. We will be relentless in providing support to Ghanaian industry and our farmers and fishermen using low interest loans, technical assistance, tax incentives and priority access to the Ghanaian market. To accelerate job creation nationally, an inter-region highway will be built with the same high quality throughout the country to open up the country for investment and development.”
In 2012 and 2016, we shouted at the top of our voices, “Jobs, jobs, jobs!” We campaigned to support indigenous Ghanaian businesses. In the introduction to our Manifesto, we wrote: “The PPP seeks political power to implement an agenda for change built on the four pillars of Stewardship, Education, Healthcare and Jobs. We will implement the agenda using the spirit of inclusiveness, full participation of women and the youth; and above all a leadership that is incorruptible.” We also promised to give power back to the people by reducing the power embedded in the President and the Executive and strengthening Parliament and Local Administration. We want all MMDCEs and all Assembly members elected by the people directly and the associated national revenues moved from the center to the assemblies.
Given the debt crisis the current nana Addo/Bawumia administration has locked the country in, it is important for a responsible party, the PPP, to pledge to use the next for years to clean up the mess created. We will complete abandoned projects from the First Republic to now. We will cut the size of government to reduce government expenditure while we encourage our indigenous private sector to thrive, create jobs and provide support for government initiatives.
Ghanaians, this is a call for action. The bleeding eight years must come to an end. It can only come to an end when the people rise up to oppression, nepotism, suppression, uncle tomism, house niggasm, laughing when there’s nothing funny, scratching when we are not icthing, we must look this very dark Government in the eyes and tell them they must go. We must show them the way out. We must put our petty differences aside and say enough is enough.
I ask you to take out your phone and dial *931#, follow the prompts and register to join the fight to bring about CHANGE. I ask you to save 0503517348 as EVA on your phone. Go to WhatsApp and send Hi to EVA and follow the prompts to change the destiny of this nation. Now is the TIME, Now is the TIME to act.
Let save our mother land Ghana.