Former President John Mahama has slammed the Akufo-Addo led Government, saying the NPP was loud with a lot of “sugar-coated promises” before the 2016 general elections but had been shifty in fulfilling them after sealing power.
“We all saw in 2016 one of the major reasons we lost the election was that our opponents were reckless in terms of their promises. Anybody goes and speaks and wakes up and says we can build one factory in every district and goes and tells Nana Akufo-Addo, ‘One district; one factory’. Then, the next day he climbs the platform: ‘One district, one factory.’ Then, another person goes and tells Akufo-Addo, ‘One dam, one village.’ The next time on the platform: One village, one dam’.
“Not only that. Go and sleep again, wake up. He says you know, we can give every constituency one million dollars every year. The next day, political platform: ‘One million dollars, one constituency.’ Not only that. ‘One million dollars, one constituency, every year’. Per year o. The MTN boy— ‘Na sika no wohen?’ They say the money has expired. They called the minister to Parliament.
They asked him, ‘Where are the one million dollars?’ And, then he says, ‘Oh, 2017 has passed. So, that one is expired.’ Until NPP came, I never knew that money had an expiry date. 2018, too, will expire,” he said as the teeming supporters laughed derisively at the NPP and cheered him on.
He added: “There is a saying and I’m sure some of you would have heard it. They said if there is a political power, and you have to sell your mother, sell your mother to gain the political power and when you get the power, go and buy her back. And I say we in NDC are principled. We will never sell our mother for political power. We will always serve and say the truth. We would say what we can do for them. And when we promise, we will deliver.”
At Talensi, where he began the tour, Mahama also jabbed Akufo-Addo, describing the new district assemblies the NPP government created in 2017 as “assemblies under trees” because there were no ready office blocks for them.
“They made many absurd promises to Ghanaians and they are finding it difficult to fulfill them today. There is a saying that it is when a frog dies you see its full length. Akufo-Addo’s frog is dying and we are beginning to see its full length,” he concluded.