Politics of Friday, 9 September 2016
Presidential Staffer, Kojo Adu Asare says Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia skewed the facts on the state of Ghana’s economy to favour his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and excite his party faithfuls.
According to him, he can never believe Dr. Bawumia because he has always been careful selecting economic issues that will project the image of the NPP and therefore not being objective on the real issues confronting the economy.
Speaking on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme, Adu Asare alluded to the same claims made by Dr. Bawumia to the effect that there were names of foreigners in the voter’s register, which to him; Dr. Bawumia has not been able to establish a concrete proof.
“Until he comes out to tell Ghanaians that, well he misled all of us when he presented the fact that there were a certain number of people in our voter’s register who are foreigners and till today they have not been able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that such allegation is the truth and it stands in his name. Until he comes to say that there was no truth in it or it was an attempt to mislead all of us, for me; it forms the basis to scrutinize every word Dr. Bawumia says.”
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made some revelations on the state of Ghana’s economy yesterday at the National Theatre in Accra.
Dr. Bawumia told the gathering that despite having more resources than any government in the annals of Ghana’s history, the data on the economy shows that President John Dramani Mahama’s administration has been worse than any period since the dawn of this century.
“Virtually every single economic indicator proves that while the eight years under the NPP between 2001 to 2008 were better than these last eight years under the NDC, the NDC first four years under late President Mills was even far better than these last four years under John Mahama,” he noted.
“Under the 8 years of the NPP government, from 2001-2008, taxes and loans amounted to GH¢20 billion. In contrast, taxes, oil revenue, and loans alone over the 8-year period of 2009-2016 would amount to some GH¢248billion. The Mills-Mahama governments would have had in eight years, more than 12 times the nominal resources that the NPP had,” he added.
He touched on other sectors of the economy where he revealed the failures of the incumbent government.
But addressing Dr. Bawumia’s public lecture, Adu Asare told host Kwami Sefa Kayi that “Dr. Bawumia, from time to time, he selects or he carefully selects theories that he knows when he uses; it will certainly give him an opposing or let’s say something that will mislead whatever the factors that the Ghanaian or the Ministry of Finance is using.”
To him, all of the NPP Vice Presidential candidate’s lectures have been just an “amalgamation of old presentations that he’s done before whether at Central University or Tarkwa and he has rehashed them.”