John Dramani Mahama – Ex-President addressing the forum
Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed worry over what he described as Nana Akufo-Addo’s rolling back of Ghana’s democratic gains.
According to him, there is a deliberate effort by the sitting President to roll back the democratic fortunes gained over the past 30 years.
Speaking at the fourth Professionals Forum of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)
in Kumasi recently, Mr Mahama stated that the closure of media houses purported to be affiliated with the opposition NDC, intimidation, arrest and detention of political opponents to stop them from speaking truth to power. He said this behavior of the NPP administration mimics the behavior of brutal dictatorship.
According to the former President, Ghana is now considered as the worst in terms of debt ratio, inflation, weakness of currency and currency stabilisation.
He regretted that when the Minority in Parliament tabled a motion to account for all monies and resources received by the government during the COVID-19 pandemic, including support from the Breton Woods Institutions, the Bank of Ghana and the Stabilisation fund established by the erstwhile NDC government, the NPP threw out the motion.
Ex-President Mahama dared the NPP government to prove him wrong, if indeed the government of NPP did not use the COVID-19 Fund for the2020 elections. He also called for an independent forensic audit into how the monies received during the pandemic were used.
Mr. Mahama indicated that Ghanaians are looking up to the NDC to salvage the nation from the current economic situation and to restore the country back to the trajectory of good governance and economic prosperity.
The 2020 NDC flagbearer commended the professionals for their good work in the 2020 general elections and encouraged them to play the role expected of them as professionals before, during and after elections 2024 as polling agents at the various polling centers.
He underscored that, the current government has performed poorly and left the people in unbearable hardship, yet they would resort to any means to hang onto power.
The former president said the NDC has learnt lessons from the 2020 elections in Techiman South constituency, hence the resolve to protect NDC votes and stressing that, the NDC as a party has a lot of work to do to win the confidence of the electorate, through the tabling of well-crafted and acceptable policy.