A Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu has described as baseless, claims that Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s job offer by African Development Bank (AFDB) is a ploy to run away from a possible humiliation in the ongoing Election Petition before the Supreme Court.
Dr. Bawumia, key witness of the NPP’s challenge of the 2012 election results has been appointed as head the Uganda Office of the African Development Bank (AFDB).
His appointment which is effective April 1 requires him to reside in Uganda and coordinate as well as supervise the operations of the Bank in the country office for efficiency.
However, some members of the ruling National Democratic Congress say Dr. Bawumia’s acceptance of the job vindicates their position that the NPP’s claim of malpractices in the December 7 election is a fallacy.
According to them, Dr. Bawumia; who is the second petitioner has no hope in the NPP case in court.
But speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday, John Boadu said such frivolous arguments could only come from shallow minded people.
He maintained that Dr. Bawumia’s appointment is nothing new because prior to the 2012 elections, he [Bawumia] was the bank’s Resident Representative in Zimbabwe.
John Boadu said instead of the criticisms, Dr. Bawumia’s appointment should rather serve as a major motivation for young men in the NDC not to rely on politics for their daily bread.
He noted that Dr. Bawumia is not like some “lazy politicians” who languish in abject poverty after their party is voted out of power.
“This should serve as an inspiration to young politicians that politics is not about being in power at all cost but to have the resource base to be sought after everywhere”.
John Boadu urged the leadership of the NDC to rather encourage the youth to acquire skills on their own and not depend on political decisions for their survival.