The calm, measured Mahama is not the one we heard – Oppong Nkrumah

NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Ofoase/Ayirebi says he was shocked by the scathing attack President John Mahama launched on the party and Dr. Mahamaudu Bawumia.

Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah said it was surprising that the president berated his political opponents for calling his administration, incompetent.

President John Mahama, addressing a mini rally at Trade Fair in Accra to round off his ‘Changing Lives, Transforming Ghana’ tour, uncharacteristically went for the jugular.

He attacked the New Patriotic Party’s vice-presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia whom he accused of repeatedly calling his administration incompetent.

“You’ve never held any responsibility anywhere near presidency before; you don’t know what it is like to be president…I will take that word from Kufuor or from Rawlings because they have there before. All of you guys have never ever come near the presidency; [do] you know what it is be a president?”

He mimicked the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana to loud cheers from the crowd.

“What do you know about competence? All of them, in the offices they occupied, they should show what competence they displayed,” he challenged.

Reacting to the president’s comments on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah, said this was not the calm, measured John Mahama before the 2008 elections.

He said the president cannot gag a section of Ghanaians and preclude them from criticizing him.

NPP Vice-Presidential candidate, Dr Bawumia
KON as he is often referred to, catalogued the enduring power crisis, the increasing interests rates, the sluggish growth in the agric sector as serious problems that have not been properly dealt with by the president and his government.

“It is fair comment to ask about the competence with which the president is handling these matters and I do not think it is appropriate for the president to tell us that until and unless we have been presidents before, we lack the right to question his competence in this matter,” he said.

The celebrated former broadcast journalist, said the president should stick to proving to Ghanaians how much of his party’s elections 2012 manifesto promises he fulfilled.

“I’m sad to say this but what I’m hearing the president speak now, is a language of somebody who is conceited and frustrated….If a political party campaigning against you is saying you haven’t competently handled the problems of this country, you put your record on the table, you don’t launch into these invectives that you are complaining about.

“I will hope that the 2016 election will be fought on the president’s competence and his ability to handle – first the promises he made and then secondly the changes – that have come our way as a nation and I would encourage all of us – journalists and politicians – to stick to that script, to respond to the questions, the very legitimate questions that Ghanaians are asking, Ghanaians including Dr. Bawumia and the NPP. We haven’t said that we are superior, we are also Ghanaians, we have a right to ask these questions; if there are answers, please provide those answers; let Ghanaians judge those answers…” he added.

Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, contributing to the discussion, said the president did not seek to preclude Dr. Bawumia from criticizing him.

He referred to a part of the president’s comments where he said, “Anyway my competence is not for them to judge, it is for the people of Ghana to judge,” to back his argument.

“The president spoke about his competence, he spoke about the numerous projects and the interventions, he spoke about the transformational agenda which is to ensure import substitution,” he stressed.

Responding to Kojo’s statements that the comments were unlike the president, Dr. Omane Boamah said, “If you want to know how calm and measured people can be firm and emphatic, read John 2:15.”

“So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables,” the Bible verse reads.

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