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Bawumia was NDC’s weakness but… – Dr. Tony Aidoo asserts

The analysis of Ghana’s economy as presented by vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in the run-up to the 2016 elections were defective, Dr Tony Aidoo has said.

He said Dr Bawumia failed to consider some key elements in comparing the eight-year administration of the John Kufuor and that of the Mills-Mahama era, noting the communication team of the NDC failed the test of challenging that.

“What I missed was the inability of the NDC communication team to bring out the facts so as to challenge the comparative analysis that Dr Bawumia was making. Dr Bawumia was the Achilles heel of the NDC not only for the 2016 elections but he started way back in 2012.

Speaking exclusively to TV3 for the first time since his return to Ghana from diplomatic duties in the Netherlands, Dr. Aidoo said though the then vice presidential candidate of the NPP had a leverage, his comparative assessment of Ghana’s economy in the run-up to the general election were not factual.

“He ignored the fact that for the most part of the Kufuor administration; the eight years was virtually carried by donor financial support. All the social interventions that Kufuor implemented were donor supported,” he said.

The seasoned politician said when Ghana joined HIPC in 2002, the country had its debt burden removed, something he argued, gave the Kufuor administration the freedom to manoeuvre to grow the economy.

Dr. Aidoo said in 2005 Ghana’s creditors wrote off 66 per cent of the country’s debt, noting, “at the time our national debt was about 6.8 billion dollars.

“In effect, our debt to GDP ratio certainly dropped sharply so on what grounds can Bawumia compare that an economy that was virtually carried by donor financial support was managed better than an economy that did not have those support?” he questioned.

Dr. Aidoo said it is against this background that it is important to have people with historical recall to be part of the communication team, adding “if you don’t have people with historical recall, administrative memory then seriously your communication becomes defective”.

For him, the NDC communication team should have challenged Dr Bawumia on issues he raised about the economy “because his comparative analysis and conclusions were flawed.

On whether vice president at the time, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur should have challenged Dr. Bawumia on those issues, he said “maybe he should have [spoke] on the hindsight.”

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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  1. Dr Tony Aidoo is right. Paa Kwasi Amissah Arthur should challenged Dr Bawumiah but I believe he didn’t do his work well as the head of the economic management team.

  2. Dr please I remember vividly Hon Fiifi Kwetey shot down Dr Bawumia’s assertions hands down. There was no rebuttal from the NPP to Hon Fiifi Kwetey’s counter to Dr Bawumia’s analysis. Realising the severity the blow to Dr Bawumia’s analysis, Mr Baako as is usual of him did a rescue mission by attacking Hon Fiifi Kwetey.

    1. Fifii Kwartey’s rebutted lacked credibility and substance and most Ghanaians considered it as another useless propaganda . The outcome of the election clearly indicated that Ghanaians believed Bawumia and rejected the childish propaganda from NDC. I personally believe NDC lost the election because of unbridled corruption, arrogance, incompetence and over concentration of destroying Nana AKUFO Addo reputation.

  3. DR TONY AIDOO WITH THE GREATEST OF RESPECT. YOU WILL BENIFIT MORE IF THE NDC STAYS IN POWER.IF YOUR COMMUNICATORS COULD NOT DO THAT OBSERVATION WHY DIDN’T YOU ALERT THEM IN THE PROCESS?

  4. DR. TONY AIDOO SPEAKS:- A Case of a ‘Coward Protagonist Or An Ignorant Rant?

    Undoubtedly, One of the Finest Brains of All Times ; Who Upon Return from His Diplomatic Duty Post Seem to Be Loosing His Sight of Way of National Discourse Or Just a Case of Chasing a Long Lost Glory Back Home?

    It is Quite Interesting When a Lead Commander in a War Front Absconded Home in Rejoice and Bravery without a Surviving Fighter with Him. DR. AIDOO was Hearty in Home Politics in the Year 2012, Yet Could not Save PRESIDENT JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA and the NDC from the Unprecedented and Irreparable “Electoral Fatality”.

    He Be Reminded that NO Loyal Member of the NDC Can Absolve Him/Herself from Causing Such an Indelible Catastrophe to the NDC in the Last Elections. The ‘Patriotic Exercises’ of H.E. ALHAJI DR. MAHAMADU BAWUMIA, that Landed the Fatal Blow on the NDC was not ‘a Day’s Wonder’. It was a Culmination of Several Years of ‘Preaching the Gospel’ (Truths) to the “Flock” (Ghanaians); Which Eventually Granted the Salvation of 9th December, 2016.

    If not the Case of Seeking to Be Exorcise from the Guilt of ‘an Enemy from Within’, then DR. AIDOO’s Assertion Can Only Be a ‘Self Confession’ of His Failure to have Supported and Contribute to the Inevitable Defeat of the NDC Anyway. You Were on Home Soil in 2008 and 2012, Yet Could not Individually Silence DR. BAWUMIA Nor Helped the NDC and its Communication Bureau to Do Any Good Job.

    DR. TONY AIDOO was Home 2008-2012, Doing What He Felt was His Core Competence; Attacking PRESIDENT JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS, DR. OBED ASAMOA, DR. MENSAH OTABIL AND NANA ADDO DANKWAH AKUFO-ADDO for Everything. Even His Prognosis, Diagnosis and Autopsy of the NDC’s Defeat ONLY Found CHAIRMAN KOFI PORTUPHY as the Cause.

    A Clear Case of a Dazed Retired Diplomat!!

    HOW CAN THE SAME PERSON NOW BLAME THE IMPOTENCE OF THEIR COMMUNICATORS FOR SUCH A FATAL DEFEAT?

    Well, How Do You Save a Suicide Victim from the Struggle of a Deep Slit Throat?

    The NDC has no Choice than to Bear with the Long Pain in Predictable Eternal Opposition. The Best of H.E. ALHAJI DR. MAHAMADU BAWUMIA and the NPP is Yet to Be Unleash and the Ghanaian People will not have a Choice of Going for Such an Inept Bunch of “Masturbationists” (NDC). The NDC is Finding Joy within themselves, Yet have Become Such Abhorrent to the Ghanaian People.

    DR. TONY AIDOO is not Only a “COWARD PROTAGONIST” But is Engaged in an ‘IGNORANT RANT’.

    GHANAIANS ARE WILD AWAKE!!!!!!

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