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Election 2020: We’ll tidy up your mess – Mahama tells Akufo-Addo

John Mahama and Akufo-Addo

Former president, John Mahama, has accused president Nana Akufo-Addo of mishandling the country’s economy, urging Ghanaians to vote him out on 7 December.

Speaking at a durbar of chiefs and people of Adjei Kojo in the Tema West constituency, Mahama said he is optimistic of winning the presidential election.

He stated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has what it takes to clean up what he termed “the mess and rot” created by the Akufo-Addo administration.

According to him, he left behind a sound economy in 2017, but the situation is completely different under Akufo-Addo.

“In 2016, I passed the ESLA which is the Energy Sector Levy Act and that act alone in 2017 brought in GHC3 billion. And who inherited that money? President Akufo-Addo inherited that money. I set up the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund and I put seed money of $270 million and I left it to President Akufo-Addo. Where is that money?

“When COVID happened, but for the Stabilisation Fund that was set up in my time, the 1.2 billion that they had taken from the COVID fund to provide food for the people, to provide PPEs for people and stimulus packages for people, if I hadn’t set up that Fund, we wouldn’t have gotten that 1.2 billion,” Mahama claimed.

Mahama said his government also left behind more than $300 million in the Sinking Fund, adding all of these are verifiable. “How much is he going to leave for President Mahama in 2021?” he asked.

Empty coffers

Mahama further accused the Akufo-Addo administration of depleting the coffers of the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund, saying the latter has made no contribution to both the Sinking Fund and the Stabilisation Fund.

He added the Akufo-Addo government has rather succeeded in mortgaging the energy sector levy for the next 10 to 15 years, including the GETFUND which the government has also mortgaged for 10 years.

“And so he is rather going to leave a mess to the new NDC government that is coming after 2021. But like I said, let us never give up hope because we are masters at turning things around. We will inherit a mess but by God’s grace, we will turn things around,” the NDC presidential candidate assured.

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