The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has provided five reasons Ghanaians should vote for him in the upcoming November elections.
The reasons provided are consistent with the Akufo-Addo campaign's strategy of portraying the president, John Mahama, as incompetent and corrupt.
They also promote the narrative that under Mahama's leadership, the economy has declined and uneployment has worsened.
In his 'Real State of the Nation' address in February, Akufo-Addo said Mahama's fight against corruption was a sham.
"The last time I said this, the government spokesmen were clearly unhappy but I will continue to say until I’m proven wrong with credible verifiable information- every time you see the Ridge Hospital, you should recall that according to the Crown Agents, the contract for the project has been inflated by $142 million dollars”.
“Again, every kilometer of road constructed by this government, every school bloc built under this government has cost more money than can be reasonably justified. It is clear from the actions taken on cases like Judgment Debts, World Cup saga, GYEEDA, SADA, DVLA saga, the Metro Mass branding, etc, that the fight against corruption is a sham. I say it again, the so called fight against corruption is a sham”.
Mahama, has however, defended his anti-corruption drive, saying he has fought corruption more than any other Ghanaian leader.
“This is because there is more talk and discussion on corruption because my government is prepared to investigate, expose and sanction corruption.
“In many cases sanctions against corruption were exacted only after governments went out of power. This is the first government that is actually investigating corruption under its tenure and sanctioning people who hold public positions.”
The president also defends his economic performance, saying that he has stabilised the economy and created jobs.
He revealed that the Skills Development Fund alone had created 93,600 jobs under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), formerly the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).