General News of Friday, 19 August 2016
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has urged the people of the Western Region to see beyond the “falsehoods” the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, President John Mahama is peddling on his campaign tour.
Nana Addo was speaking in response to President Mahama saying the NPP flagbearer’s recent observation on poor roads in the Western Region, was because he was sleeping on his five-day tour of that region.
Nana Addo had bemoaned the poor state of roads in the region criticizing the government for failing to honour its promise to fix the roads.
But President Mahama, who started campaign in the region hit back at Nana Addo, retorting that the NPP flagbearer must have probably been sleeping to have missed the good work done by the government on the roads.
Nana Addo has kept the back and forth between the two rivals to the presidency alive, as he has maintained that he “did not see the roads he [President Mahama] constructed. It was the same poor muddy roads I used in the region. I was wondering what roads he was talking about.”
“The people in the Western Region and all those who use those roads there will know the one who is peddling falsehood. If the roads were good, would they have included it in their projects,” he questioned further during an address at the Achimota Station in the Okaikoi North constituency on Friday.
“Let me ask you; do you see anything near good roads? Do you see that most of the roads are in good shape? We should not be deceived by these falsehoods,” he said to the people of the Western Region.
Western Region NPP demands apology
Meanwhile the NPP in the Western Region, has taken offense following President Mahama’s retort to its party’s presidential nominee and asked that he apologizes to him and the people of the region.
In a statement signed by Okatakyie Amankwaa Afrifa, Western Regional NPP Communications Director, it said “We see this not only as an insult to Nana Akufo-Addo, but also the Chiefs and people of the Western Region.”
“How can a President who has made infrastructural projects his main campaign message think it is wise and decent to insult those who ask for the same thing? Isn’t this strange,” the Western Region NPP questioned.
“We urge the President to immediately apologise to the Chiefs and people of the Western Region. Our Chiefs and people deserve respect.”
Mahama sharing goodies to deceive Ghanaians
Nana Addo also took a swipe at the First family over what the NPP has described as their increased generosity ahead of the polls.
“Mr. President, if you know you have performed so well as you claim, you and your wife will not be sharing goodies for votes. What is the motive behind the sharing of all these goodies? Can’t they buy these items for themselves?”
Nana Addo warned that the sharing of goodies was simply “a scheme to deceive Ghanaians, especially the electorate, and I know these deceptive schemes will not work.”