The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has questioned the rationale behind the First Lady, Lordina Dramani Mahama’s “increased generosity” ahead of the general election.
The First Lady, through her Foundation, has in recent times been involved in some humanitarian activities including donations to some schools in the country.
She recently inaugurated a dining hall and kitchen at the Jakpa RC Primary School in the Chereponi District of the Northern Region.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, the acting General Secretary of NPP, John Boadu, expressed concern about what he termed as “lavish gifts” being shared by the First lady, saying “We are in an election year and all of a sudden we are seeing goodies being shared by the First Lady. We are seeing Lordina Foundation across the country sharing goodies to the people. The wife of the President of the Republic is going around the country, with a fleet of trucks load of goodies, which she is sharing for votes. These run into millions of dollars.”
Citing other examples to support his claim, Mr. Boadu recalled that in 2012, the NDC allegedly took some $4 billion dollars from state coffers in a desperate attempt to stay in power.
Mr. Boadu therefore called for full disclosure on who is funding the First Lady’s projects, saying “the First Lady should be kind enough to let us know whether the goodies were procured with her own money.”
First Lady is continuing tradition
The Natiional Democratic Congress (NDC) in a rebuttal however dismissed these allegations, describing them as unnecessary.
“They are the most unnecessary set of questions I have ever heard any political party pull,” the Deputy Minister for Communications, Felix Ofosu Kwakye said.
Mr. Ofosu Kwakye, who’s also the Deputy Spokesperson for the NDC’s 2016 campaign, clarified that the First Lady has been embarking on these projects in an attempt to continue the tradition left by her predecessors.
“Madam Theresa Kufuor had mother and child community development foundation when she was First Lady. Madam Ernestina Naadu Mills also had a foundation for child education and before them, Nana Konadu had the 31st December Women’s Movement and all these organisations were registered NGOs who raised resources through known channels to prosecute their activities in the same vein,” Felix Ofosu Kwakye explained.
The First Lady runs a number of NGOs including the Lordina Mahama Foundation which supports humanitarian and philanthropic works.
By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana