This week, John Dramani Mahama, still desperate and unrepentant, made negative news when he told the electorate that the economy under his watch fared better than what we are witnessing under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to the NDC flagbearer, the New Patriotic Party cannot boast of a 5.6 per cent growth when he had scored “much, much better”.
Then, he went ahead to cite Vice-President Mahamadu Bawumia for bandying, claiming that he has been cooking figures to tell stories about development and growth that cannot be verified.
What the records say
By the peddling of those obvious untruths, Mr Mahama failed to admit that he inherited an eight per cent growth and dropped it steeply to three per cent, as a prodigal son. He also failed to admit that, by his bungling of the economy from 2012 to 2016, he drove Ghana to an IMF programme.
Thankfully, under President Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP plucked the economy back into the original eight per cent growth, and average seven per cent growth, despite the crushing COVID-19 pandemic that brought global economies to its feet.
Mahama failed, too, to tell the true story about his collapse of the energy sector, agriculture, health and manufacturing – besides his woeful performance in creating jobs, which he blamed on development partners.
Again, Mahama failed to tell his audience the truth about how his appointees took double salaries, and out of fear of being jailed are hurrying to repay public monies that were meant for particular expenditures, but which they lent out for profit.
He also ignores the worrying saga of SADA, GYEEDA, SUBAH and a bus branding deal that stinks to the highest heavens as well as his brother’s role in sinking state banks through excessive borrowings.
If Mahama were a sincere person and a true leader, what we believe he should be talking about is how we can leap out of our current situation through serious conversation, and not the politics of the late 1980s into 1990s, which he is selling to vulnerable communities.
The interesting thing about this kind of campaign – which is no different from the last NDC 2016 campaign – is that Mahama’s patrons sit back and look on, probably even cheering him on. Any wonder that the NDC has sought as a strategy to keep Ghana rural and its economy informal, in seeking to viciously keeping the larger electorate under its thumb.
Unfortunately, Mahama has in his corner beautiful girls and celebrities, Young Turks and senior cadres who should know better, but who are watching him dance naked and lame, till he ‘drops dead.’
Free SHS disciples
Thank God, there is out there a new generation of young people who are becoming aware of the tricks that the NDC had been playing on them, and are determined to ensure that the Free SHS programme being implemented under President Nana Akufo-Addo benefits their younger brothers and sisters and generations yet unborn, rather than allow the NDC a comeback that would worsen their socio-economic circumstances.
Just like the Free SHS disciples, the NPP’s witnesses are the several dozens of thousands of teachers and nurses who government has recruited to help strengthen the education and health sectors – aside of young entrepreneurs who have found hope in the Planting for Food and Jobs and the several other initiatives the NPP has engineered and is implementing to improve lives and livelihoods in the country.