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BAGBIN STRIKES MAHAMA: ACCUSES HIM OF RUNNING 'ANIMAL FARM'

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An NDC flagbearer hopeful, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, has accused John Dramani Mahama of running an “Animal Farm” government, in which “monkeys were working while baboons chopped”, while Mahama was President.

An NDC flagbearer hopeful, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, has accused John Dramani Mahama of running an “Animal Farm” government, in which “monkeys were working while baboons chopped”, while Mahama was President.

 

According to the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, this is why people unknown to the NDC appeared from nowhere to take up top appointments, while party activists, including executives who had toiled for the party, were relegated to the background.

Mr Bagbin, MP for Nadowli Kaleo, made these remarks at a meeting with NDC communicators at his office in Parliament House.

Out of touch

NDC communicators present at the meeting complained that even though they toiled to get former President Mahama elected, their contribution was not recognised. They said as a result of this neglect by their own party, most of them had remained unemployed and impoverished for the eight years the National Democratic Congress was in power. They wondered why they should commit to help any other flagbearer who hopes to lead the party.

But Bagbin has promised a shift away from the Mahama style of governance. He told the communicators that former President Mahama had appointed outsiders into his government because he was not familiar with the NDC faithful.

According to him, the former President was out of touch with true supporters because he had not really worked his way through the ranks of the party.

He assured the communicators that he knows all true NDC faithful who continue to sacrifice for the party and deserve to be rewarded.

“It is not for nothing that I have said I will make the party the fulcrum of my administration, if I am elected flagbearer and eventually win to become the President,” Bagbin said. “I know our people and respect their efforts.”

He reminded the communicators that he had nothing against Mahama and recalled how, after the untimely death of President John Evans Atta Mills, he was one of the people who lobbied to ensure that Mahama, who was then Mills’s vice, was allowed to run unopposed as NDC flagbearer.

“Deception”

Meanwhile, NDC executives in the Volta Region have accused John Mahama of engaging in the politics of deception. The accusation follows his announcement that the next NDC government will give priority to development in that region.

The former President gave the assurance at the 9 June NDC “Unity Walk” in the Volta Region.

“Former President Mahama must remember that we are not forgetful that he gave similar promises during the previous campaigns in 2012 and 2016, which never materialised,” Wisdom Kukubor, an NDC communications officer in the Ketu South constituency, said at a press conference in Denu.

Kukubor challenged the former President to explain what had led to his failure to fulfil earlier promises before making any fresh ones.

He described the former President’s promise as a ploy to win the support of Voltarians before he declares his intention to run again for the NDC flagbearership.

“The people of this great region, who are a proud backbone of the NDC, largely boycotted the 2016 election because of the betrayals suffered under the previous administration,” Kukubor said. “Among the many painful memories, we remember how Mahama had in 2012 promised to fix our roads and secured our votes for it, and yet did nothing after he became President.

“We remember how, in 2016, when he realised that he could lose the election, he sent his brother, Ibrahim Mahama, to heap gravel on the Toshiba-Dafienu road at the last hour to fool us.

“As he would find out later, however, the people of the Volta Region were not fooled at all, which is why they largely refused to turn up to vote at the polls,” Kukubor said.