John Boadu, acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has vowed to mount a one man demonstration should President Akufo-Addo allow former President Mahama to retain the Cantonments official residence as his ex-gratia.
Speaking on NEAT FM's morning show Ghana Montie, John Boadu promised to speak against Nana Addo's government should he accept former President Mahama's request. According to the NPP General Secretary pointed out that President Akufo-Addo must refuse the former Presidents request since the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government failed to accord former President Kufuor the same privileges.
According to reports, President Mahama is reported to have made a request to remain in his Cantonments Bungalow - the same bungalow he's occupied ever since he became Vice-President - as his ex-gratia.
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On December 19th, 2016, a letter signed by the then Presidential Chief of, Staff Julius Debrah, is said to have contained the request from President Mahama to the transition team asking them to allow him to keep the "No 3, Prestige Link, Cantonment together with the adjoining facilities as his official retirement home."
News of this letter has ignite lively debates concerning presidential benefits and the ethics of the request itself.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah, spokesperson for the NPP transition team, is reported to have said that the new government will take a decision on the request "in the shortest possible time."