On Thursday, April 4, 2019, parliamentary members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as well as the party's flagbearer, John Mahama, conducted their press conference in response to the vice-president's press conference on the economy the day before.
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia had given a speech detailing what he believed was the state of Ghana's economy. But the members of the NDC felt the country's second most powerful man had not been honest.
However, the NDC's keynote address reader, Isaac Adongo, has been chided for the way and manner in which he delivered the statement.
Host of Adom TV’S Badwam, Omanhene Kwabena Asante, described the lecture presented by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo, as ‘concert party.’
YEN.com.gh brings you what might have passed as "concert party", or as they say in Ghanaian parlance, "nonfa".
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1. Walewale Adam Smith
At the function, Adongo referred to the vice-president as "Walewale Adam Smith". The name is certainly not hard to understand owing to the fact that the NDC MP looked to mock the economic expertise of Bawumia, a native of Walewale.
Adongo's name for Bawumia as at Friday, April 5, 2019, was trending on Ghana Twitter.
2. Calling the vice-president's manliness into question
“I’m sure if I were Bawumia, I’m not sure I will get an erection if I go home but this man is singing praises in this disgrace,” said the Bolga Central MP.
The above is another of the jabs Adongo threw at the vice-president, in a way to say Bawumia needed to be ashamed of himself. But this might have been in bad taste.
3. Borrowing to buy kenkey and fish
According to Adongo, while his party's government borrowed to invest in infrastructure, the NPP were borrowing to buy kenkey and fish.
The MP was obviously referring to photos from a Ministry of Finance party that were interpreted as celebration of an economic achievement.
This was however false as the ministry showed that the party was an occasional event done in their offices and had nothing to do with government celebrating the securing of loans.
4. John Mahama leaving behind a Ghana that looked like Manchester United
This joke from Adongo is most probably the trickiest even though it is apparent what he wanted to say. After all, he said the NPP were now running a Ghana that looks like Stoke City.
So Manchester United is, in footballing terms, better than Stoke City. But which United did Mahama leave behind? The one during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign or the one managed by coaches after Ferguson?
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5. Accusing Bawumia of buying "chichinga" with Ghana's money
The joke about chichinga (kebab) would have made the NDC MP for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak, uncomfortable.
Mubarak is a man whose thrust into popularity was partly aided by accusations that he bought baby diapers and kebab for his girlfriend, using government funds.
It would seem Adongo was trying to let a chichinga accusation stick on someone else outside his party.
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