The Acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has described the recent public apology of President John Dramani Mahama as deceptive, dishonest, and way too low for a president, who just wants votes in the upcoming elections.
Addressing the nation last Wednesday when he took his turn on the Evening Encounter on Ghana Television, President Mahama stated “every mistake I made was done by good faith,” a statement that Mr Boadu claims sought to position the president in a remorseful mood ahead of the 2016 elections.
But the National Organiser of the NPP described the show of remorse by the president as insincerity and fake, and a sign that shows the change agenda has hit him and his cohorts hard.
He has challenged President Mahama to show remorse in totality and in sincerity and quit.
“How can you say that you gave out contract for rearing of guinea fowl, you didn’t pass through the properly laid down process, guinea fowl isn’t found, money is not available and you say you did that in good faith,” he said.
“Then we discovered oil, oil at that time you described as dirty oil, money comes into an account reserved for the heritage of our country then you decide to take money out of this resource, don’t go through tender process, give money to your friend Selasi [Ibrahim], then it’s only after you gave that money before you started the procurement process and you say you did that in good faith.
“I think the president is not being honest with Ghanaians. Is he not the person who said his favourite music is ‘Yentie Obiaa’?” he quizzed.
The Acting General Secretary together with the Minority Chief Whip and the Campaign Strategist for NPP, Dan Kwaku Botwe, is in Tamale to train selected trainers from constituencies in the Northern Region on the CI94.
This he said is to ensure the party’s operatives are working and support the winning agenda.
John Boadu commended the Electoral Commission on the electoral process so far but was quick to add that SD cards contain total number of voters in the constituencies instead of containing polling stations specific register.
On issues of biometric verification machines, he stated emphatically that the New Patriotic Party will not tolerate a deliberate allocation of faulty biometric verification and deliberate delays of electoral materials to some “strongholds of some political parties” specifically strongholds of the New Patriotic Party.
The Electoral Commission will allocate two biometric verification machines to each polling station and the New Patriotic Party insists the machines must be of good quality that will ensure a smooth process.
“It doesn’t matter if you bring 50 machines, if the 50 machines are not working then you might as well not bring any at all. We are not going to accept a deliberate attempt to bring wrong and faulty machines in certain areas that will break down in no time to allow a lot more people voting manually. That will not be accepted by the New Patriotic Party.”
On security ahead of the polls, the Acting Secretary revealed the New Patriotic Party will not be the party to stoke violence, condemning the attack on the residence of the party’s flagbearer.
He has challenged the Ghana Police Service to remain partial in dealing with all political parties.
He, however, raised eyebrows on police’s inability of the police to arrest the driver of the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Collins Dauda who openly boasted of his shooting prowess and his sudden disappearance after he was declared wanted by the police.
“Is the police saying this guy who openly boasted that he has mastered the use of armory and killing and has actually killed people before can’t be found? Have they asked the New Patriotic Party to assist them in finding this guy?”
By Zubaida Ismail|3news.com|Ghana