The Running Mate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says President John Dramani Mahama is the worst performing president in terms of economic management within the last 16 years.
“The President says he likes evidence, the evidence however shows that since 2000 his tenure as President from 2012 to 2016, he has been the worst performing President in terms of Ghana’s economy. That is the evidence, as I showed in my recent lecture,” Dr. Bawumia stated during his campaign tour of the Northern Region.
According to him, the incompetence of the Mahama administration has led to what he described as poor performance of the economy and the suffering of the people.
The NPP’s vice presidential candidate and his boss Nana Akufo-Addo have consistently criticised President Mahama for apparently mismanaging the Ghanaian economy.
The criticism has led to President Mahama’s latest call for a one-on-one debate between him and Nana Akufo-Addo on the economy.
But speaking in Sangban in the Tatale-Sanguli Constituency in the Northern Region on Friday, Dr.Bawumia asked President Mahama to respond to the 170 facts he presented in his last lecture on the State of the Ghanaian economy before any debate could be organised.
He said government has still not responded to questions he raised despite promises of its officials to do so on various occasions.
Dr. Bawumia entreated President Mahama to try debating ordinary Ghanaians, who over the past eight years, have become victims of his incompetent governance.
“Today John Mahama says he wants a debate on the economy. Now I want to challenge him to come to Sangban and debate with the people of Sangban on the economy; he should tell the people of Sangban, what he has done for them in the last 8 years – 4 years as Vice-President and 4 years as President.
“He should tell the people of Northern Ghana what he did with the SADA money; he should go and debate with businesses that have collapsed because of Dumsor; he should debate with farmers who cannot buy fertilizers because of his policies. He should go and debate with businessmen who cannot access loans because of high interest rates”, Dr. Bawumia stated.
Dr. Bawumia challenged President Mahama to rather ask for debates with Teacher and Nursing Trainees, the millions of unemployed youth and cocoa farmers, who are desirous of voting him out of power.
“He should debate with teacher trainees who are not paid allowances because his government has refused to pay their allowances. He should go and debate nursing trainees. He should debate the unemployed; our youth who cannot find jobs because the economy under him is collapsing.
“He should go and debate cocoa farmers whose farms are collapsing because of the collapse of the mass cocoa spraying programme. He should certainly debate with people who cannot afford to pay electricity bills or water bills,” Dr. Bawumia added.
By: Awudu Mahama/ghelections.com/Ghana