The New Patriotic Party has condemned President John Mahama and described as reckless, his recent comments to the effect that the NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, is a dictator.
The NPP wonders which influence President Mahama was under when he made that comment at Bimbila during his campaign tour of the Northern Region
Addressing a news conference in Accra Thursday Ag. General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, described the President’s recent utterances as “reckless” and a mark of a power-drunk leader who is afraid of defeat.
“So intoxicated by his [President Mahama] desire to hold on to power that is fast slipping away that, in desperation, he is now prepared to say whatever and do whatever in the hope to perpetuate his bad leadership on the people of Ghana,” Mr Boadu said.
John Boadu said Nana Akufo-Addo rather deserves to be celebrated as a “national hero” for his contribution to the peace, unity and democracy of Ghana over the last 40 years.
He said rather than insulting national heroes, President Mahama should be “thankful to courageous patriots such as Nana Akufo-Addo who put their own lives in danger and stood at the forefront of the fight against military dictatorship in Ghana.”
The NPP has condemned the President’s insults as disgraceful.
“President Mahama, who calls himself a historian, is a disgrace to patriotism,” he said, adding “Thanks to brave patriots like Nana Akufo-Addo, John Mahama is now the leader of a democratic Ghana, who is so pleased with himself that he is now fighting desperately for another term,” .
John Boadu urged President Mahama to be measured in his utterances by using words befitting of the high office that he holds.
He asked President Mahama to abide by the wisdom in 1st Corinthians 10:23 which states: “I have the right to do anything, you say – but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything – but not everything is constructive.”
Touching on the perceived division in the NPP, Mr Boadu said “the only fight that the NPP is involved in is the fight to rid Ghana of his bad leadership” and that the NPP is contesting the 2016 race with a solidly united front.
“All the people who contested against Akufo-Addo in the 2010 presidential primaries are at the forefront of the NPP campaign today.
“Alan Kyerematen is at the right side of Nana Akufo-Addo, travelling up and down the country, preaching a positive message of change to the suffering masses of Ghana. Francis Addai-Nimoh, Joe Ghartey, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, and all of them are fully committed to an Akufo-Addo victory,” he stressed.
He added that, “the NPP is a peaceful, political party. We are proud of our non-violent history and our faith in the rule of law and democracy.”
Mr Boadu said Nana Akufo-Addo’s life is an open book, noting “he has fought for human rights, for freedoms, for democracy, for rule of law, for reconciliation and unity in Ghana, and for peace and security for other countries throughout his 40-year record of public service.
“No amount of poisonous propaganda from a President, who is staggering his way through his responsibilities, will change a record that is forever etched in the annals of our nation’s history,” he said.