For some time now, the talk of the town has been around President Akufo-Addo going to almost every public function with his own presidential chair.
The President has received countless bashing from his critics, mainly the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), for this act.
It has, however, emerged that former President John Dramani Mahama used to do same whilst in office.
Some communicators of the NDC have even gone to the extent of attributing the situation to spirituality and mysticism.
Whereas some claim that the chair has been spiritually fortified to protect the President, others hold the view that the chair has a gadget fixed on it, which sends small electrical shocks to the President to prevent him from sleeping whilst in public.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), which would ordinarily have responded to the social media trolls against the President or the party, has been mute over the issue.
However, the last straw to have broken the camel’s back was a picture taken of a Toyota Tundra vehicle carrying the public address system of the President, which the opposition claim was rather carrying his presidential chair.
According to the NDC, the black Tundra, with a covered bucket, only carries the presidential chair, an assertion which is in sharp contrast to their earlier claim that a particular V8 vehicle had been assigned to always carry the chair.
One of the posts on Facebook by one Suhuyini read: “Africa truly needs rescue from these old folks parading as Presidents. In your shot is a covered van carrying the chair of the President of Ghana across the country, and another V8 dedicated to protecting the chair. Two vehicles to one chair. Never have we had this in our nation’s history.”
Meanwhile, some communicators of the ruling NPP are now coming out of their hideout, especially the social media activists, to give their responses. They stated that the Tundra carries PA system not chair.
Yesterday, they flooded social media space with pictures of former President Mahama at separate events, with one particular presidential chair when he was in office.
Soon after, the opposition, which had linked President Akufo-Addo’s chair to spirituality, is now claiming that Mr Mahama’s situation was for security purposes.
Responding, an NPP social media activist, one Akbar, said: “This is Mahama at three different events with his Chair. He even carried some for little Farida. The only difference is that Akufo-Addo chair has more swag than Mahama’s own.”
He continued that “carrying chairs by Presidents is a normal protocol. Mahama did no wrong.”