Ghanaians are already disappointed with the performance of the Akufo-Addo-led government three months after the NPP took over power, the opposition National Democratic Congress has said.
Addressing a press conference Wednesday, Chairman of the NDC, Kofi Portuphy stated that majority of Ghanaians who contributed to the overwhelming victory of the NPP have already lost confidence in the three-month old administration due to the several controversies that has rocked the Akufo-Addo government.
“I am optimistic that the NDC can regain power in 2020, Ghanaians are disappointed in the NPP government,” Mr. Portuphy said, adding “the mood of the nation has been one of fear and insecurity since the NPP took office.”
“The NDC can do it again, not in eight years but, God willing, in four years. Why am I optimistic that the NDC can bounce back in 2020? Don’t we hear Ghanaians expressing regret that they have exchanged their colour TVs for black-and-white? Don’t we hear expressions of anger from trotro and taxi drivers over incessant increases in fuel prices contrary to what Nana Akufo-Addo promised them during their campaign? Don’t we hear the anger and disappointment of parents who are now being told by President Akufo-Addo that the Free SHS is not free for all SHS students?”.
“Don’t we hear the expression of anger from the ordinary Ghanaian who now has to pay 15 per cent higher in transport fares? Don’t we hear Ghanaians asking the NPP government: ‘where is the competence you promised the country?’ Don’t we hear Ghanaians expressing regret for not taking seriously the warning about Nana Akufo-Addo and his all-die-be-die mantra? Don’t we hear Ghanaians lamenting of abject lawlessness and wanton violence sponsored by surrogates of Nana Akufo-Addo and his NPP?
“Yes, indeed the chickens have come home to roost. The sweet-sounding promises and deceitful nature of Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP have caught up with them and are daily being exposed for what they are and the selfish interest they represent.”
Mr. Portuphy also condemned the NPP government for the arbitrary manner in which several public servants have been sacked since January 7. In the view of Mr. Portuphy such mass dismissals of public servants perceived to be NDC members does not augur well for future governments.
“Many public officers have been sacked just because they were appointed by the NDC government…the actions of the NPP government means that every public officer must be replaced when a new party is elected.”
Mr. Portuphy also condemned the actions of NPP vigilante groups saying the NDC will resist any attempt by the NPP to govern the country with fear and cohesion.