Mahamudu Bawumia, the running mate to the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), says he does not agree that President John Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) are changing lives and transforming Ghana.
Speaking over the weekend at the campaign launch of the Member of Parliament for Anyaa-Sowutuom, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, in Accra, Dr Bawumia wondered if President Mahama understood what transformation was about.
This, he said, was because the facts on the grounds did not support the president’s assertion that he was transforming the country.
The former deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana said when the NDC assumed power, for instance, it inherited a GDP growth of 9.1%, but now that figure had reduced to 3.6%.
“When the NDC took over the reign of power, cocoa output was almost a million tonne in 2010 from 700,000 tonne in 2008, today it is less than 600,000 tonne, where is the transformation Mahama is talking about?
“During the NPP regime, minimum wage between 2001 and 2012 in dollar terms went up by 241%, during the NDC time from 2009 to 2015 it has gone down by 13%. This cannot be said to be transforming Ghana” Dr Mahamadu Bawumia said.