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On His Way Out. Critical News, 20th November 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 21, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, thenewghanaian@gmail.com and Iddi Muhayu-Deen

President John Mahama describes as an ABSURD NONSENSE claims by his political opponents that the Electoral Commission is scheming to rig the upcoming elections for him. He threw these blistering jabs last Thursday whilst addressing a rally at Funsi in the Wa Constituency of the Upper West Region.

President John Mahama describes as BALONEY [SILLY TALK] proposals by some 80% of Ghanaians that government should not use our oil as COLLATERAL for loans. He made this comment after the committee that was tasked to collate the views of Ghanaians nationwide regarding how to use the proceeds of our oil find, presented their Report to the government.

President John Mahama describes as USELESS controversy that was generated among the Ghanaian public in respect of where Late President Mills was going to be buried at the time of his passing. Meanwhile, this same controversy was started by him and his communicators, following their contradictory positions regarding the final resting place of the Late Prof.

President John Mahama in 2012, told Northerners to vote for him because he is a Northerner and added that, if the NPP wanted Northerners to vote for them, they should rather make Dr. Bawumia, who is also a Northerner their flag bearer and not the Akan, Nana Akufo-Addo.

President Mahama says that the mayhem and electoral violence that was meted out to his political opponents during the Talensi by-elections in the UE/R was just a DRESS REHEARSAL of what to expect in the 2016 general elections.

President John Mahama says he wouldn’t take criticism from any Ghanaian who has not been president before. We asked whether we know what it takes to be President. The President was absolutely livid especially with Alhaji Mahamoud Bawumia for describing his management of the Ghanaian economy as INCOMPETENT.

President John Mahama tells teacher trainees that he prefers losing the 2016 elections rather than restoring their scrapped allowance. This is in spite of the fact that these trainees have consistently given and continue to give strong justification for the immediate restoration of the allowance.

President John Mahama describes the opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, whom he always calls Opana [even though he knows his name] as a VIOLENT MAN who has destroyed his party and now wants to destroy Ghana. He therefore calls on Ghanaians to reject Nana Addo. When asked why he describes the opposition leader as violent, his response was that Nana Addo calls him [Mahama] a thief for saying that he [Nana Addo] won’t steal our money when voted into government.

President John Mahama ridicules the opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo for pleading with Ghanaians to vote for him. The President by this is essentially telling us that it is problematic for a presidential candidate to beg the Ghanaian electorates for votes. The president proceeds to exude confidence that Ghanaians would necessarily RENEW his mandate because he has done what has never been seen before in the history of this country.

With all of these, you and I are still being told to vote for Candidate John Mahama because he is HUMBLE. I guess the Queen of England has changed the meaning of HUMILITY on our blind side. We are also being told to vote for him because he is a UNIFIER, who has not only unified his party [the NDC] but the whole of Ghana. They create an erroneous impression that Ghana was a WAR ZONE until President John Mahama took over the affairs of this country and brought everybody together.

On the so called unity in the NDC, they forget that over 50 officials of the party across all levels including some sitting MPs have all been suspended from the NDC for various acts of omissions and commissions. Yet they come pontificating at others. I would, in the course of the week, be sharing with you the findings of research work I conducted on internal party infractions and the effects of same on the Ghanaian electorate.

Finally, to say the founder of the NDC, former President Rawlings has himself been suspended from the party he founded with his sweat and blood is even an understatement. He has been rendered absolutely useless in his own party and sometimes referred to as a barking dog. The last time I checked, his wife, the former First Lady has also been literally forced out of the party compelling her to form a new party to challenge the NDC at the polls. Interestingly, all of these happened under the leadership of John Mahama, their presidential candidate, the so called unifier. The gods must surely be crazy.

Abraham Lincoln was absolutely right when he said “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time. I am not surprised hearing these ‘abrasive and condescending comments every now and then from President Mahama. After all, too much power they say, corrupts absolutely. President John Mahama, having occupied Ghana’s presidency for 8 years (both as VEEP and President), has become so “egotistic” as he now sees himself as “superhuman”.

It is not for nothing that NO government in Ghana and in fact, in any serious democratic country has ever ruled for more than 8 years because of the nature of man. Not even in the United States or UK. Why does the NDC think that Ghanaians would do what no one has done before by making them rule for more than 8 years?

And now we have hope in the Supreme Court decision to walk Alfred Woyome out into the open and trace where all that money went. I am still working out how anybody, if they are astute enough in financial matters can spend 51.2 million cedis and have nothing to show for it.

This day in Court can break President Mahama’s call to “toaso”. For a candidate with so much going against him, the only praise I can muster is the false bravado and the multiplicity of lies he is concocting to stay in the race. Did you hear we are better laced with infrastructure than the USA? Which means we are the most developed infrastructure country in the developing world? Where does he get these phrases? Or are the illiterates still listening to the lies and concocted achievements?

Actually, I should not finger only illiterates. I have heard some very blinkered statements from learned persons in defense of the President and I am left wondering what more can be said when you are on the way out?

What is so extraordinary about the NDC government? Is it the unprecedented hardship they’ve subjected Ghanaians to? Or is it the corruption scandals that happen virtually every week under their nose? Our country must surely be put back on track. CHANGE in 2016 is not only necessary but also inevitable INSHA ALLAH.

Alius atrox week advenio. Another terrible week to come!

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