A lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS) Medical School, Dr Issah Imoro, has described the recent assertions of Dr Tony Aidoo, Ghana’s former Ambassador to the Netherlands, on Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia as a clear political attempt to discredit the government.
Dr Tony asserted over the weekend that Vice-President would have to deal with the crisis of credibility as he aspires to put himself up as the flagbearer of the NPP.
Reacting to the former Ambassador’s comments, Dr Imoro stated that it appears John Mahama’s visit to Dr Tony Aidoo on Christmas eve was to lobby a comeback for the veteran politician to attempt the difficult and impossible task of neutralising Dr Bawumia.
In his opinion, that is most likely the case since it was the same Dr. Tony Aidoo who described Dr. Bawumia as the Achilles heel of the NDC.
He stated: “It is only fair for him to be recruited for this daunting task. Aside the vituperative and acerbic words Dr. Tony Aidoo uttered against the venerable Dr. Bawumia, there was nothing substantial in his presentation during a programme aired on Pan AFRICAN TV”.
“His claim that Dr. Bawumia’s rise through his lectures in opposition was basically due to the inability of the NDC, as if they had concrete facts, to confront him on his presentations is false. NDC government officials and propagandists had always unleashed their full arsenal at Dr. Bawumia each time he delivered his lectures,” Dr Issah said.
He noted that Dr. Tony Aidoo had always been at the forefront in criticising Dr. Bawumia’s lectures since 2012.
“For instance, take Dr. Bawumia’s lecture at the 5th Ferdinand O. Ayim Memorial Lectures in 2012 as a case study. Dr. Tony Aidoo who was then Head of Policy Monitoring and Evaluation at the Presidency was amongst the first people to launch scathing attacks at the venerable Dr. Bawumia.
“It was then he made the remark that ‘Dr. Bawumia is no financial Wizkid’. He also said he doesn’t have the knowledge and, maybe, he wants to cut his political teeth. Let him find a stone soft enough so that he does not break his teeth,” he pointed out.
Similarly, this followed the likes of Fiifi Kwetey, as is characteristic of him, who attempted questioning the “intellectual capacity” of Dr. Bawumia with insults such as “hypocrite”.
According to the lecture, Dr Aiddo then followed it up with his infamous “Setting the Records Straight” lecture and following other several lectures by Seth Terkper.
“This has always been the case in all the times Dr. Bawumia speaks in opposition and Government. Even the likes of Dr. Nii Moi Thompson have always been ‘hired’ to tame Dr. Bawumia but they have always been unsuccessful and will continue to fail because the venerable Dr. Bawumia speaks facts,” he said.
He said that it was after all these failures that Dr. Tony Aidoo made the concession that Dr. Bawumia is the Achilles Heel of the NDC.
He described the actions of Dr Tony as disappointing because he is only trying to paint a picture like they (NDC) had the facts, but failed to present them.
He added that Ghanaians believed Dr. Bawumia because he presented them with incontestable evidence which, even though initially denied by the NDC, was later affirmed by international agencies.
“But if Dr. Tony Aidoo and the NDC want Ghanaians to believe that they are really incompetent in everything, including communicating facts, then we will gladly accept their confession of incompetence. Anyway, we gladly welcome him back to the game, but he should be reminded by his own words that Dr. Bawumia will forever remain the Achilles Heel of the NDC, which includes him,” he stated.
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