- Dr. Edward Mahama was appointed Ambassador-at-large by President Akufo-Addo this week
-A political scientist has described his acceptance of the new role as a betrayal to the PNC
- He asked if Dr. Mahama would still maintain his current role at the PNC or would have to resign
A lecturer and political scientist at the University of Ghana, Dr. Alidu Seidu said the appointment of Dr. Edward Mahama as ambassador by the current government is a betrayal to the People’s National Convention.
According to him, the 2016 PNC flagbearer should have consulted his party’s leadership before accepting the offer.
Dr. Seidu opined, that while there was nothing wrong with Dr. Mahama’s desire to serve his country, the PNC would view his new position as a show of bad faith.
Commenting on the matter on Starr FM, Dr. Seidu wondered if the PNC leader would still hold his position in the party, or would have to resign.
“In the past, we know, in cases where there is such an arrangement the political party in power extend the invitation to the other political parties and the party meet as a group and determine who should represent or take up this appointment.
There have been several appointments like that in the past, in which the PNC took exception to it and even took disciplinary measures against people who accepted those particular appointments,” Dr. Seidu said on Starr FM.
President Akufo-Addo swore-in 21 ambassadors on Monday, including his former opponent in the 2016 election race, Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama, as an Ambassador-at-large.
The politician has since been criticized widely by his colleagues and fellow party members for accepting the position from the government.
However, Dr. Mahama has debunked this criticisms, stating the new role is an opportunity to offer his service to God, Ghana and President Akufo-Addo.
He opined that position was not an agreement with the government and his party, hence there was no need to seek their permission before accepting it.
Dr. Mahama noted that his new position does not in any way violate his own party’s regulations, and would not derail his political journey either.
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