The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has described the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as a “clueless” and “visionless” party which “messed” up Ghana’s economy while in government under the leadership of Mr John Mahama, a situation acknowledged by the Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area, Togbui Amenya Fiti V, who recently lauded President Nana Akufo-Addo for fixing the broken economy he inherited from Mr Mahama.
At a press conference organised by the governing party on Wednesday, 6 November 2019, which was addressed by the National Youth Organiser, Nana Boakye (Nana B) in response to the biggest opposition party’s allegation that the Akufo-Addo government has appointed 51 relatives into government, thus, making it the most nepotistic administration in Ghana’s history, the NPP said even a prominent chief in the Volta Region, which is considered to be the ‘World Bank’ of the NDC, knows that the Mahama administration and the NDC are not good for Ghana.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area, Togbui Amenya Fiti V, showed honesty in leadership when he applauded the efforts of the NPP in clearing the mess caused by John Mahama to stabilise the economy today”, Mr Boakye said, adding: “It is this stable environment that will propel Ghana to higher heights of jobs, more social welfare and prosperity”.
“Like we say: the next general election is about Vision 2020! It is not for those who have no vision. Let us use this opportunity to ask Ghanaians to ask themselves a simple but very, very important question. Perhaps, the most important question for 2020: What Does John Mahama Stand For? What Does He Believe In? What Is His Vision?” he said.
As far as the ‘family-and-friends’ allegation against the Akufo-Addo government is concerned, the NPP said: “The tag ‘family-and-friends’ originated from the NDC itself. In 2013, a senior member of the NDC, Alban Bagbin, MP for Nadowli-Kaleo, revealed how the Mahama government was not that of the NDC but his friends and family. That was when the tag family and friends became popular in Ghana. The current Chairman of the NDC, Ofosu-Ampofo, on Peace FM’s morning show on 23 August 2017, stated emphatically that he is a strong believer in a ‘family-and-friends’ style of government because Ghanaians are the ones going to get the jobs and not foreigners”.
Read the NPP’s full statement below:
President Akufo-Addo has successfully completed his two-day tour of the Volta Region. The extremely warm reception he received in, what is historically, the NDC’s World Bank is what has shocked and destabilised the opposition NDC so much that they bought airtime all across the country yesterday to do what they do best: play the hate card with their bogus list about Akufo-Addo’s government and the ties of the people who have been appointed.
The people of the Volta Region, by their embrace of Akufo-Addo and the NPP going into 2020, is to say to John Mahama and his National Democratic Congress that: “2020 IS VOLTA BEYOND NDC”. The Region, with its beautiful landscapes but economically sidelined for generations is saying enough is enough.
Volta Region is deliberately weaning itself off its ancient dependency on the NDC. NDC has not aided the region. John Mahama and his party has only raided the place every four years for votes and not aided such a beautiful region for development. A political dependency that has kept their schools underperforming, their roads bad, the young people unemployed, and their three decades of loyalty to NDC unappreciated and comprehensively abused. That is why everyday more and more people from the Volta are saying: “2020 is Volta Beyond NDC”.
On behalf of the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, we wish to thank the good people of the Volta Region for their heartfelt reception. Our special thank you also goes to the traditional leaders. The people are warm to NPP today because they know that, against all the propaganda, Akufo-Addo has not discriminated against them.
Indeed, our own party people in the region have expressed concerns over the decision by the President to hand over his constitutional powers to appoint MMDCEs to the people to vote directly for their majors under whichever party colours they want. This means that the era of winner-takes-all can be put behind us. Such a selfless, non-partisan, patriotic gesture from President Akufo-Addo has made, indeed, the whole nation see that in Akufo-Addo they truly have a national leader. It is this national fever for a second term for Akufo-Addo and the NPP that is disturbing John Mahama and the NDC.
Just as it is evidently showing in other parts of the country, the people of the Volta Region also have their children going to secondary school. Indeed, out of the 1.2 million students currently enjoying free Senior High school education, about 100,000 of them are estimated to come from the Volta Region. They saw how the collapse of the NHIS affected their people and now enjoying an improved National Health Insurance Scheme, after the NPP cleared over GHS1 billion in legacy arrears. Volta farmers are major beneficiaries of the Planting for Food and Jobs policy. They have seen some of their young graduates being enrolled on NABCo. They have seen how the lowest inflation rate since 1992 is helping workers and families keep better the value of the money in their pockets. This is the change the nation voted for in 2016 and this is the change that the 16 regions of Ghana are planning to maintain and improve upon. This is because we are the first to admit that there is a lot more work ahead of us. Ghana needs a president who enjoys doing the job and not one who enjoys just the trappings of the office as we saw under President John Mahama.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area, Togbui Amenya Fiti V, showed honesty in leadership when he applauded the efforts of the NPP in clearing the mess caused by John Mahama to stabilise the economy today. It is this stable environment that will propel Ghana to higher heights of jobs, more social welfare and prosperity.