Members of the Concerned Voters Movement (CVM) have asked Ghanaians to be wary of the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President John Dramani Mahama, as he seeks a comeback to power.
This is because, according to the group, “Mr Mahama in his desperation to get back to the Jubilee House has thrown caution to the dogs and spews gibberish without cross-checking the facts.”
A statement signed by Razak Kojo Opoku, the founder and president of the group, noted that as part of his strategy, Mr Mahama “has made known his penchant for attacking political opponents at the least opportunity.”
It added that “it is obvious he is unrepentant of the use of vulgar, acidic, intemperate and highly divisive language as the 2020 electioneering campaign heats up.”
“Mr Mahama, knowing fully well that he has lost out on the elections already, seems to be fixated at attacking President Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Bawumia and leaving out the element of an issues-based campaign.
“But that is to be expected of a party which has no message that is convincing enough to sway the minds of the discerning voter – a party which has padded its so-called manifesto with promises which are out of reality and which cannot be achieved even in a century,” the statement read.
Mr Mahama has recently accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of engaging in ‘Sakawa’ and ‘419’ sod cutting for projects, claiming the projects are not backed by budgetary allocations.
However, according to CVM, “if Mr Mahama had taken time to listen and read statements and speeches delivered by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia each time they cut sod for the commencement of any project, he would have appreciated the fact that the source of funding, the duration of the project and the budgetary allocation are always captured in these statements.”
“Why is Mr Mahama worried about the sod-cutting by President Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia? Why would he seek to denigrate a process that brings development to the nook and cranny of the country? Why does he think the governance process, which includes sod cutting for projects, must come to a halt because the country is three months away from elections?” it queried.
“To seek to incite people, including chiefs and queen mothers, against the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President Nana Akufo-Addo, by describing sod-cutting for projects as ‘Sakawa’ and ‘419’, isn’t only callous, but wicked and reckless on the part of a man who is supposed to know better.
“Coming on the heels of his highly condemnable ethnocentric comments against the people of Akyem, the NDC flagbearer seems to have developed a deliberate and calculated plan aimed at attacking his opponents, denigrate their persons, assassinate their characters and paint them black in the eyes of well-meaning Ghanaian,” it added.