General News of Tuesday, 11 July 2017
The flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC) during the 2016 elections Dr. Edward Mahama has said there is nothing wrong accepting an ambassadorial appointment in the Akufo-Addo government.
Dr. Mahama has come under immense public backlash, especially from his party over his alleged failure to consult executives before accepting the position.
Despite the flak, the gynecologist is optimistic he will deliver as an Ambassador-at-large under the Akufo-Addo government.
“I am taking this position because the president thinks that there are specific things he wants me to do…whenever he asks me to do I will do it,” Dr. Mahama said.
“To the glory of God and the president, anybody who said I shouldn’t do anything for Ghana because my party is not in power I don’t agree with them,” he told Accra-based Citi FM.
According to Dr Mahama, he was appointed as an ambassador to serve Ghana and not any political party.
“We practice democracy even in the PNC; and people are entitled to their opinions about this issue. But I know quite clearly that if I had declined those submissions, those who said I should have declined would say that I only want to be president. I am quite clear in my conscience that he has appointed me ambassador of Ghana not of the PNC or the NPP,” he stressed.
The PNC national chairman Bernard Mornah has argued Dr. Mahama turned down similar appointments in the past hence he should have applied the same principle when the NPP government offered him his recent appointment.
However, Dr. Mahama has discredited the claims, describing them as “outright lies.”
“In fact, I proposed Ambrose Dery to go into the NPP government. Moses Daniba served under the NPP government; I never chaired a meeting to expel any of them so what he is saying are outright lies,” Dr. Mahama emphasised.