Samira Bawumia, wife of New Patriotic Party (NPP) vice presidential candidate – Dr Mahamudu Bawumia – has flayed Sports Minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, for saying the presidency is not meant for “short people.”
In an apparent jab at NPP presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, Vanderpuye, told a mammoth National Democratic Congress (NDC) crowd at the party’s 2016 campaign launch in Cape Coast a few weeks ago that: “Being a president is not about being tall. It is not about how short a person is. Being a president is not about the spectacles that one wears but the love for one’s country and its people and finding solutions that will benefit citizens.”
However, Mrs Bawumia has resurrected the topic, saying the presidency requires a candidate who is development oriented.
“Politics is not about who is tall or short, but the one who can bring proper development to the people,” Mrs Bawumia told supporters of the NPP in Agbozume in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region.
She criticized the ruling NDC for doing little to transform lives, despite the availability of oil money as well as “excessive government borrowing”.
“The interest alone we [Ghanaians] are paying on debts is more than the allocation they give to six ministries including education and health. There is still nothing for the NDC to show for the excessive borrowing except for unnecessary expenditure,” she noted.
Mrs. Bawumia rubbished assertions by a section of the ruling NDC that the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition is anti-Muslim.
“The NPP is the first party to have a Muslim as a vice president in Ghana. Former President Kufuor wouldn’t have chosen the Late Alhaji Aliu Mahama as Vice President. They also said NPP will drive away Zongo people if voted into power. How can the NPP drive away Zongo people when NPP is Zongo?”
Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Kent Mensah
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