Media should focus on gov’t, not NDC – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has called on the media to focus on holding the Akufo-Addo-led administration to their promises rather than headlining the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in a devious manner. 

According to him, the recent media attention “just shows that it is a certain deviousness to try and make this about the NDC and not who is in government and how they are fulfilling their promises.”

Speaking at a recent meeting with his former appointees in Accra, the former president appealed to those who served in various capacities in his government and, therefore, have control over influence over party supporters in their respective constituencies to call everyone to order.

Mr Mahama has taken responsibility for the NDC’s defeat in last December’s elections.

He said as the General who led the party into battle, he takes the “ultimate responsibility for our losing the election and so if it will satisfy those people, blame me for the loss.”

Tension continues to mount in the NDC four months after he lost his re-election bid at the 2016 presidential poll.

There has been a battle of blame with some supporters of the party pointing accusing fingers at some party members for their acts of omission and commission which led to the party’s defeat in the last elections.

A Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee was set up to investigate the reasons behind the party’s defeat.

Mr Mahama is worried the frequent public bickering in the media by the rank and file shows a divided front which exposes the party in the face of their opponents. 

He said the relentless media coverage should not be about the NDC, questioning the recent media interest in the party.

“Why is the media so anxious to give us airtime today? Before the election, they didn’t come chasing you and asking you what you think. All the airtime was going to our opponents.

“All of a sudden as much airtime, the prime time morning shows are calling NDC people and asking ‘what is your view about what is going on in your party’” he said.

He said the Democrats lost the American elections but no one is talking about them as they are focusing on President Trump and the new administration that is collecting and using the taxpayers’ money.

“Unfortunately, we are all falling into the trap, we are all lining up to be interviewed,” he added.

He also took the opportunity to thank all those who served under him, urging them to walk shoulder high as they did Ghana proud with their input while in government.

“I am proud of the work we did together, we had a very good relationship and I think we were effective in virtually every sector in which we operated. We left quite a legacy for this country and we shouldn’t feel ashamed,” he stressed.

He told the former appointees to defend their record since that is their best bet and what they would use as a reference in campaigning towards the 2020 elections.