- Tony Aidoo says NDC failed corruption and accountability test
- He says NDC couldn't counter corruption allegations labeled against NDC by NPP
A respected member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Tony Aidoo has disclosed that the Mahama administration lost grid in a run up to the 2016 elections.
According to him, the entire NDC party failed the accountability test which badly sent them into opposition at the last elections.
Speaking to TV3 in a yet to be aired interview, the former Ghana’s Ambassador to Netherlands insisted that the communication machinery of the NDC failed to properly address the numerous corruption allegations labeled against the party and its leadership by the then-opposition NPP.
“The 2016 electoral campaign was one of pitching communication against communication,” Dr Aidoo said, adding that: “Unfortunately for the NDC, the NPP propaganda machinery was much more effective,” he said.
He also insisted that, “machinery has been in operation for more than four years damning you [Mahama administration] for being corrupt and so on and so forth,” he noted, observing that: “The numerous scandalous cases – GYEEDA, SADA and so on did not augur well for the Mahama administration.”
In his conversation, Dr Aidoo submitted that though he provided some crucial advice through former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah to help counter-attacked with facts to neutralise some of the falsehood being peddled by the NPP, he can’t tell what was done with his advice.
“I did discuss this with the Chief of Staff and I said the NPP has pushed you to the position at which you are always on the defensive, it’s time you started counter-attacking,” adding that: “If I had been in charge, I would have published the bill of quantities for the public to see rather than relying on the idea that parliament approved these projects.”
“…They were challenging you on facts so you respond with facts…In effect, we failed the accountability test”, he added. Asked if the NDC caused its own defeat, he responded, “I suppose so”, he said.
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