General News of Friday, 20 February 2015
Former General Secretary of the NPP, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie has attributed the current economic challenges to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the election petition that said President Mahama indeed won the 2012 presidential elections.
Mr. Owusu Afriyie affectionately called Sir John, said in an interview on the Point Blank segment on Eyewitness News, by affirming John Mahama winner of the 2012 election, the Supreme Court endorsed an “incompetent” government.
The NPP challenged the results of the 2012 elections at the Supreme Court alleging the results were rigged in favour John Dramani Mahama, but the Court ruled in favour of the President.
“They knew that it was not for them at the end and the conclusion of the matter they saw the judgment that was bequeathed to this country and we are all suffering as a result of that.”
The economic challenges have compelled government to resort to the International Monetary Fund to seek support to turn the economy around.
Other pressure groups, including OccupyGhana, have also taken to the streets to protest against government’s handling of the economy.
He insisted the NPP is not playing politics with the economic situation but insisted that “If you prophesy that the country is going to be in ruins, you are also in it and I am happy we are all in it together.”
The NPP on Wednesday organized thousands of people to demonstrate against government’s inability to manage the economic crises and also solve the energy crises which is collapsing more and more businesses.
The demonstration has been downplayed by some members of government and the Power Minister also described it as a “fitness exercise.”
But President John Mahama has said he feels challenged to do more to stabilize the power crisis.
However, according to Sir John, the NDC government will pay dearly during the 2016 elections for the way it has managed the country.
“Ghanaians are fed up,” he said and “will show them the exit if they don’t listen.” he said.