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Hardships In The Country Not Akufo-Addo’s Fault – Stephen Amoah Tackles John Mahama | Politics

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Dr. Stephen Amoah, Nhyiaeso MP and a member of the Finance Committee in Parliament, has debunked John Dramani Mahama’s claims that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has mismanaged Ghana’s economy like never before.

Speaking on Joy FM’s News Night programme, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Micro Finance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) despite acknowledging that there is hardship in the country, stated that it is something that is happening globally and the current administration cannot be blamed for that.

“Nobody disputes the fact that Ghana, just like any other country around the globe is going through some sort of hardships and economic crisis. I think we should look at other places if this is not true. For about forty years now, US is experiencing the highest inflationary rate, UK moved from 1 to 4, which is about 200 per cent. So we need to analyze all these things in the context that we are talking about. Then we can do proper trend or comparative analyses. We even have some of the economic parameters still doing far better than what we took over.

“So, I think the former President, as much as he is actually saying what is prevailing in terms of hardships in the system, which that one I agree, he is rather doing politics more than trying to analyze issues in the right context and offer better alternatives. If you go this way then we will all move beyond probably our professional ethics and performance. Even today that policy rate has been increased by about 250 basis points, it is still far lower than what we took over, lending rate is still far lower than what we took over. The economy has met uncontrollable global factors, this is a fact.

“If you have an economy that went through over 22 months of impaired productivity which is not your fault, is it government’s fault that restaurants and shops had to close down? I don’t think it was our fault that the private sector had to sack about over forty thousand workers, I don’t think it is the fault of this government that fuel prices moved all-time high, these are major issues around the globe. Under Mahama, we didn’t have these problems with these same causative factors, no but what happened? We had lending rate moving to about forty percent,” he said in the Joy FM interview.

Dr. Amoah was reacting to former President Mahama’s accusation that the Akufo-Addo administration is superintending over general incompetence, corruption and waste of scarce resources, which has led to the poor state of the economy.

Mahama also criticised the President’s management of pro-poor policies and the high unemployment rate among the youth.

According to Mr. Mahama, the current state of the economy is an issue that requires prudent measures by government.

“We have gathered for this launch at a time of great economic and social distress for the people of Ghana. The Akufo-Addo led government that came to power on the back of mouth watering promises to make life easier for Ghanaians and ensure rapid development of our country has so badly mismanaged the economy that we have been plunged into the most debilitating economic crises in about four decades,” he said at a ceremony to launch an app for TEIN members in Accra.

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, is expected to address the nation this week to communicate key measures taken by the government amid the current challenges.

Source: ghanaweb.com

 

 

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Bawumia Is In “Pole Position” To Be NPP’s Flagbearer – Says Ben Ephson | Politics

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Renowned pollster, Ben Ephson has said that vice-president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is in a prime position to lead the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2024 general elections.

His assertion follows Monday’s declaration by NPP stalwart and former MP for the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa constituency, PC Appiah-Ofori that he prefers Bawumia as the presidential candidate for the party.

Speaking on Asaase Radio on Monday (16 May), Ephson said “moving to PC Appiah-Ofori’s choice of Bawumia, he’s been in the party long enough and I think that Bawumia is in a pole position for the flagbearer. I think that I agree with PC Appiah-Ofori that Bawumia seems to be in pole position.”

“I think that people are entitled to their views. Even though some have come out declaring for Alan [Kyerematen] so, PC Appiah-Ofori coming out for Bawumia, he has one vote.”

Bawumia is not being projected as next NPP flagbearer
Meanwhile, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has dismissed assertions suggesting that there is a general acceptance of Bawumia as the next flagbearer of the party.

The NPP is yet to open nominations for the position, however, the vice-president’s name and a few others such as the former Energy Minister Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko, Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyerematen, former Railways Minister Joe Ghartey, and the Agric Minister Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto are already making rounds as contenders.

Source: asaaseradio.com

 

 

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I Prepared A Concession Speech Before 2016 Elections – Ex-Prez Mahama | Politics

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John Mahama, the former president has said he went into the 2016 elections knowing that he could lose or win therefore he had speeches prepared for both circumstances.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo defeated his main opponent by 53.8% to 44.4% in the polls after a third attempt at the presidency.

Talking to Samson Kasumba on Uganda-based NBS Television, Mahama said he has a track record of conceding defeat but feels the 2020 election ended under questionable circumstances. 

Win or lose
“When going into an election, prepare to either win or lose. In 2016, I prepared two speeches, and unfortunately, I had to use the concession speech in 2016,” Mahama said.

“In 2016, I was the incumbent President, and I lost an election. I conceded and congratulated my opponent and attended his inauguration.

“I have a track record of conceding to elections asserting they were free and fair. 2021 was not the same. When I was President, we didn’t interfere with the election security committee. They did their job,” Mahama said.

World-class EC
Mahama said despite challenges, Ghana’s Electoral Commission has earned for itself an enviable record of world-class electoral body.

“We have gone from metallic boxes to transparent boxes, photo ID cards, and biometric registration.
We believe the Electoral Commission has built enough capacity to hold a free and fair election.”

“We have held several elections since 1992 in Ghana. Ghana has become the gold standard for elections, and our electoral commission is prided as one of the best on the continent,” the former president said.

Source: UTV/asaaseradio.com

 

 

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2024 Polls: I’ll Contest For NPP Flagbearer Position – Kennedy Agyapong | Politics

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Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong has announced that he will contest in the upcoming presidential primaries of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2024 general elections.

He made this announcement on his television network on Monday May 16. The NPP will be electing its flagbearer next year for the next elections.

In relation to the process for the internal polls, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo told the leadership of the NPP to ensure that the process to elect the presidential candidate is fair.

He indicated that fairness would reduce the level of divisions that will come in the party as a result of the contest.

Mr Akufo-Addo noted that as is in the case of every competition, there will be some form of divisions in the party after the internal polls. However, he said, the person to be elected as the flagbearer should have the ability to unite all the fronts.

“I am hoping that level playing field that allows us to elect our next presidential candidate will also bring us a candidate who can unite our party. Because competition, inevitably, will bring some divisions in the party but we are the ruling party so, there is the responsibility on us to conduct ourselves in a way that reduces cracks.

“Cracks in the NPP can have a reflection on the state, we are the ruling party and if our base which is our party is fractured that facture can be translated into fracturing the state, nobody wants that,” he said on Accra based Peace FM last year.

Source: Laud Nartey|3news.com

 

 

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