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Bawumia to Mahama – Opposition comments can’t cover up your record in government

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia says former president John Mahama’s record and President Akufo-Addo’s achievements will drive the 2020 election campaign

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has reminded John Dramani Mahama that the 2020 presidential election is a choice between his eight-year record as vice-president and then president, and the three-and-a-half-year record of Nana Akufo-Addo as president.

With the start in earnest of the 2020 election campaign, the former president has been making a series of promises to Ghanaians in an effort to woo voters. But in a post on his official Facebook page, Dr Bawumia told the former president that Ghanaians will judge him by his terrible record as president, and not by his new-found promises.

“The choice Ghanaians face on December 7th is between John Mahama and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Thankfully both of them have records. John Mahama was Vice-President and President for eight years and Nana Akufo-Addo has been the President for three and a half years,” Dr Bawumia wrote.

“It is not about what you say in opposition. It is about what you did in government. What matters ultimately to Ghanaians is how these two leaders were able to manage the economy and alleviate the suffering of the people when they were given the opportunity to serve,” the vice-president said.

From DKM to Ganyo to Trust Jesus

At the outdooring of his running mate on Monday, Mahama promised, among other things, to settle monies owed customers of liquidated financial institutions, including DKM, a savings and loans company that collapsed during his presidency.

The government has settled a number of customers and the official liquidator has started paying claims of former staff of the liquidated institutions. And so, Vice-President Bawumia minced no words reminding former president Mahama how poorly his government supervised the illegal activities of the liquidated financial institutions. Moreover, Dr Bawumia wrote, 82 microfinance companies collapsed during Mahama’s time in office.

“John Mahama presided over a mismanaged and collapsing financial system. 82 licensed financial institutions (listed below) collapsed under JM’s watch (were they deliberately collapsed by his government?) and the depositors were not paid,” Dr Bawumia said in his Facebook post.

“Nana Akufo-Addo, on the other hand, has rescued the financial system and spent GHC21 billion to save the deposits of 4.6 million depositors who would otherwise have lost their savings. DKM depositors will also be paid,” the vice-president said.

Making a broader comparative analysis between Mahama’s eight years as vice-president/president and Nana Akufo-Addo’s three and a half years so far as president, Dr Bawumia accused Mahama of mismanaging the Ghanaian economy, which the government of Akufo-Addo revived, with all economic indicators improving significantly.

In his post, Vice-President Bawumia also listed 50 things that the John Mahama government mismanaged, or failed to implement, which the government of Akufo-Addo has achieved in three and a half years.

Below is a link to the list of the 82 financial institutions which collapsed during Mahama’s time in government.

LIST OF 82 FAILED MFIs BETWEEN 2009 AND 2016 UNDER THE NDC

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