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Socio-economic gloom: NPP dabbling in corruption, says Mahama

Mahama believes he can turn things around when he is given the mandate, promising not to repeat the mistakes of the NPP government

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has accused the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government of dabbling in corruption and enriching themselves and their favourites at the expense of ordinary Ghanaians.

Speaking at this year’s June 4 uprising rally in Hohoe on Sunday, Mahama bemoaned the current state of the country’s economy.

He said, “Today we’re wallowing in anguish, pain and suffering under severe hardship resulting directly from a mismanagement of our economy. Our country today has been declared bankrupt and we suffered the humiliation of defaulting our debts.

“Prices of goods and services continue to rise and our education and health systems are in a very poor shape. Amidst this socio-economic gloom, the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government continues to dabble in corruption and waste of scares public resources.”

Mahama criticised the president and his government officials saying, “They prefer to better their lot and improve their circumstances to the detriment of millions of ordinary Ghanaians.”

We will not copy the NPP when given the mandate
The NDC flagbearer, however, called on Ghanaians to kick the NPP government out of power in the next general elections and pave way for the NDC to take over by voting massively for him on 7 December 2024.

Mahama, who is aspiring to serve one term only, believes he can turn things around when he is given the mandate. He promised not to repeat the mistakes of the current government.

He said, “I hear people say we must come to power and also exact our pound of flesh, but…in the spirit of June 4, I dare say we cannot become a copy of the NPP or else Ghanaians would have lost all hope of salvation.”

Mahama advised the NDC to “be guided by our history as a nation and do the things that are necessary to restore hope and confidence.”

The party’s general secretary, Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey, said the NDC is poised to come back to power to change the country’s current predicament and “not because we want to fight for own interests.”

Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings reiterated how her late father, the party’s founder, fuelled the June 4 event on the principles of accountability, probity and social justice. She said the event should be seen as a legacy, with a call on people to actively commemorate it.

Agyeman-Rawlings is optimistic that the NDC will win the next election. She said this will improve the country’s fortunes.

The Volta regional chairman of the party, Mawutor Agbavitor, made a promise of one million votes form the region for Mahama in the next election. He had high hopes of winning back the only NPP seat in the region, Hohoe constituency.

 

Reporting by Albert Kuzor in the Volta Region

 

 

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