IMF Bail Out: NPP Responds To Rachel Appoh, Others' Request For An Apology To John Mahama

IMF Bail Out: NPP Responds To Rachel Appoh, Others' Request For An Apology To John Mahama

  • The NPP has responded to calls to apologise for heavily criticising John Mahama's 2015 IMF bail out programme
  • Communications Director of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoah said the party would not apologise because the IMF was an inevitable option for the country
  • In response, former deputy gender minister Rachel Appoh, who also called on the NPP to apologise, has said the response by Mr Buaben Asamoah was arrogant and poorly informed

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The NPP has responded to a call by former deputy minister Rachel Appoh and others for the governing party to apologise to Mahama following the decision to seek an IMF bailout.

Yaw Buaben Asamoa Rachel Appoh
Yaw Buaben Asamoa (L) Rachel Appoh. Source: Facebook/@rachel.appoh
Source: Facebook

NPP Director of Communications, Yaw Buaben Asamoah said there was no point in an apology to Mr Mahama or Ghanaians because the International Monetary Fund was the inevitable option for the troubled economy.

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"It is true that we are being forced to eat our words in public at this point, but there is no shame in that. It would be shameless to admit that the government decided to go to the IMF because our country's economy has hit a stumbling block," Mr Buaben Asamoa told TV3.

Deputy Gender and Social Protection Minister under the former John Mahama administration, Rachel Appoh, and other members of the Ghanaian public had called on the governing party to apologise for criticising a 2015 IMF bail out.

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While in opposition then, the NPP said the government was going to the IMF because then-President John Mahama had run the country into a ditch.

Reacting to the NPP's refusal to apologise, Rachel Appoh has again posted on her Facebook page that Mr Buaben Asamoah's comments smack of arrogance.

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"How can a whole communication director of NPP make this loose talk? I didn't know you would respond to me. It's your own cup of tea if you won't apologise to anybody.
"You cannot take Ghanaians for granted and be that disrespectful to the very people who gave you power. Ghanaians are too clever now and they are watching," she commented.

Ghana extradites Nigerian charged with internet fraud to the US for trial

In other news, has reported that the US Department of Justice has revealed that a Nigerian charged with stealing financial information and bank fraud has been extradited from Ghana to the US.

The US state agency posted on its website that the suspect, Blessing Adeleke, 31, has been charged with 17 counts, including conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Blessing is also facing 16 counts of bank fraud.

The press statement from the US Department of Justice disclosed that Blessing Adeleke made his first appearance in a federal court in Cleveland on July 1 following his extradition from Ghana to the Northern District of Ohio to face the charges.

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