- The National Concerned Spare Parts Dealers Association has revealed that it sponsored Akufo-Addo’s 2016 election campaign with an amount of GH₵200k
- This was because it believed if Akufo-Addo became president, things would be better economically to boost their sales
- The association is accusing President Akufo-Addo of causing severe economic hardship and not fulfilling his promises
Members of the National Concerned Spare Parts Dealers Association have expressed disappointment at President Akufo-Addo for what they called hard economic times.
The association has also accused Akufo-Addo and the NPP of failing to deliver wealth and prosperity after promising to make Ghana better when he wins the election.
The members also revealed that as part of efforts to aid Akufo-Addo's to “boot” out the then-President John Mahama from power, they contributed GHS200,000 to his (Akufo-Addo's) 2016 campaign.
However, according to them, since Akufo-Addo assumed power, none of his promises to them has been met.
“The motive was because we thought Mahama was cheating us and not helping us, so, we wanted to boot Mahama out so Nana Addo will come in,” the association revealed in a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Classfmonline.com.
The revelation was made the public relations officer of the group, Mr. Takyi Addo.
Mr. Takyi Addo decried what he said was the rate at which taxes, high import duties, and government’s failure to make the cedi better had crippled the economy.
He revealed further that Akufo-Addo promised to meet with the spare part dealers after the elections to fashion ways to make their business better.
He said almost two years after that promise, however, the president had yet to fulfil it.
“The government intends to sit down with us [but] how many months now? 18 months, so, our business should collapse before the government will come in? That is the problem; the government wants our business to collapse before stepping in. No! This is unfair,” Mr. Takyi Addo was quoted as saying.
The spare parts dealers also accused the vice president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, of making many promises to them, which they have now realised were deceptive.
“Vice President Dr Bawumia [then-running mate to Mr Akufo-Addo] gave us a lot of promises, so, we were thinking that when you compare the two [Mahama and Akufo-Addo], they [NPP] can help, because our businesses were collapsing at that time but not knowing they are rather coming to deceive us,” Mr. Takyi Addo stressed.
The PRO, who claimed to be part of the group that presented the GH₵200K to Akufo-Addo’s campaign team, said after sponsoring the president with such a huge sum, they could no longer keep quiet and look on while their businesses collapsed.
He is reported to have said: “I gave you money as help but you are rather killing my business [and] you want me to be happy? Helping you to come to power, protecting the ballot box, helping you financially, [with] my everything, [then] after getting power you are rather collapsing my business?”
“So, I should sit down and fold my arms and be watching you? No! This is unfair, we are all Ghanaians and we need to call a spade a spade. We want to tell the politicians to sit up. They shouldn’t compare Ghana money to Argentina money, I didn’t vote for Argentina, I voted for a Ghanaian president, period!”
Consequently, the association served notice of a demonstration slated for Friday, 21 September 2018, in Accra to register their displeasure with the government.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the outspoken Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, had accused his own party of being the cause for the fast depreciation of the cedi.
He said the government was lying to Ghanaians about the real cause of the cedi depreciation.
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