- Women crying and complaining of hardship was what characterised former president Mahama’s tour of some coastal communities in the Greater Accra Region
- In Ghana, when you’re given a stone, it’s an admission that advice or warning you gave at some point which went unheeded has come to pass
Former president John Dramani Mahama’s tour of the Greater Accra Region was characterised by “stone politics” after many of the residents asked him to “come for his stone”.
Mahama was on tour to thank the leadership and supporters for endorsing him as flagbearer of the party.
He was, however, met by some women who lamented the failed promises of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Most of the party supporters at the gathering came along with stones to give to Mahama, in demonstration of the popular saying “come for your stone”.
The NDC’s National Chairman started the whole thing by singing, and the majority of NDC supporters soon joined.
Some of the women carried the stones while crying and placed them in front of the former president, a gesture which suggested they wanted him back in power.
“Today when I came here, I was given a lot of stones. In our tradition, if you are given stones it means you gave some advice to somebody and the persons didn’t take the advice, and now they are faced with the reality of what you told them.
“So these stones are for everyone in NDC. We said it but they didn’t listen to us and I think that the experience we all are going through is a lesson to all of us. Politicians must be honest; tell the people what you can do for them,” Mahama told the gathering after touching the stones.
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