Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, has asked Ghanaians not to take the opposition National Democratic Congress serious, saying the party does not have anything good to offer Ghanaians.
“I have seen some slide shows of NDC Manifesto Promises making the rounds on social media and I think Ghanaians should not take them seriously,” he said.
According to the renowned legal practitioner, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has achieved more in its three-and-half-years’ “management of corporate Ghana”, and can do more when given four more years.
In a Facebook post, Mr Ayikoi Otoo asked Ghanaians to reject the opposition party’s “Sakora” manifesto and vote for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP parliamentary candidates, come December 7.
“Under NDC, we had Association of Unemployed Graduates, meaning they couldn’t create jobs for them. On the contrary, the NPP has created 100,000, and enroute to creating another 100,000 jobs to absorb diploma holders and graduates.
“The Youth in Afforestation also has created thousands of jobs. An NDC Minister once told them, the youth, to create jobs for themselves by going to fill potholes on the street. How do you believe these same people, when they say they will create one million jobs for the youth?” he asked.
He questioned how the former president and flagbearer of the NDC, John Mahama, can be promising jobs when he cut all avenues that could have helped the youth during his tenure.
“The teachers and nurses whose training allowances they cancelled, were they not youth? National Apprenticeship Programme: is that not the same as GYEEDA, which was an avenue for corruption?” he asked.
He added that the NDC’s promise to dualise some roads in the country is untenable since road dualization projects are already ongoing in the country.
Undermining Supreme Court
Mr Ayikoo Otoo further questioned how the NDC can promise to reverse a Supreme Court decision on birth certificate and other relevant issues.
“Don’t they respect separation of powers and independence of the Judiciary? Why hoodwink Ghanaians that Birth Certificates have been abolished by the Supreme Court? Was that the issue before the Court or an opinion expressed in the course of the judgment? Did the EC add Birth Certificate to the eligibility criteria contained in its C.I. for voter registration? And in what manner did the Supreme Court err in refusing to recognize Birth Certificates in that peculiar case where the EC rejected it and Parliament didn’t annul the C.I.?
“Is final judicial authority under the Constitution not vested in the Judiciary? Why want to interfere with the work of the Judiciary? Has the law on Birth Certificates been abolished in Ghana? How do you restore integrity in the Judiciary or Electoral Commission? Are they not independent institutions? What interference is that? This is cheap politics,” he stated.
On health, Mr Ayikoi Otoo question the NDC’s promise of free primary health care, and asked what “happened to Free Maternal Care under NDC”, and whether the opposition party is thinking of abolishing the National Health Insurance Scheme.
He noted that the NPP government has already made provision to build 101 hospitals in regions and districts across the country, and asked Ghanaians to reject NDC’s claim that it will build hospitals, when the current government is already doing so.
He went on to question allegations and other promises of the opposition party, such as the claim about the privatization of Kotoka International Airport, legalization of Okada, among others, juxtaposing same with some achievement and promises of the NPP, and called on Ghanaians to reject the NDC.