President John Dramani Mahama has candid advice for Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia; and it is rather a simple one.
According to the incumbent president and flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress, Nana Akufo-Addo’s running mate is being used by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) only to be dumped in the end.
His Excellency, John Mahama was speaking to NDC party supporters in Lawra on his Upper West Regional campaign tour when he cautioned that electorate not to be wooed by Bawumia's campaign for the New Patriotic Party as he (Bawumia) will never be given the opportunity to lead the party.
He used the example of the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama, who served as VP under John Agyekum Kufuor's government to buttress his point.
“Alhaji Aliu Mahama was vice president under the NPP government. He served faithfully under President Kufuor and, so, when eight years was up and President Kufuor was leaving, the natural order of succession is that he should have been given the opportunity to lead that party, but 17 people contested him and defeated him and that is why I say NDC is a party of opportunity because if NDC wasn’t, who am I? A boy from Bole born in Damango, who am I to stand here and call myself president of the Republic of Ghana?” Mr Mahama said.
“[The NDC] is the party that opens its opportunities to all Ghanaians irrespective of what your ethnic affiliation is. Sometimes I feel sad when I see some of our northern brothers running around and also doing this. … They will use you and dump you. I want to live and see the day. Let anything happen today and let our brother Bawumia say he is standing for president in NPP. They will never give it to him, I can assure you. When the misfortune hit us and our father Professor Mills passed away, the constitution said the vice president should take over, I did. But then we were close to an election. If it was another party, they would have insisted that there should be a congress and in that congress I would have been contested and they would have given the leadership to somebody else,” the president added.
The Bawumias had paraded his message across the Northern belt of Ghana that, despite John Mahama being from Bole, he had ignored taking up massive developmental projects in the area.
Dr. Bawumia urged the electorates to vote Mahama out to witness the developmental projects the NPP had earmarked the zone for.
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