The government has described allegations by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the First Lady, Lordina Mahama, is using the Ghanaian taxpayers’ money to buy votes through the sharing of gifts as “unnecessary diversion”.
The Deputy Minister of Communications, Felix Ofosu Kwakye dismissed the NPP’s accusations stating that it was entirely pointless.
Commenting on the issue yesterday, Mr. Kwakye said Mrs. Mahama was simply following the long line of first ladies who have engaged in humanitarian activities including the wife of former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Madam Theresa Kufuor.
“These are unnecessary diversions that they are throwing in to water down the successes that we chalked in Cape Coast at Sunday’s rally and nothing more,” he stressed.
The NPP on Wednesday raised concerns over the alleged “lavish gifts” being shared by Mrs. Mahama across the country.
The Acting General Secretary of the party, John Boadu claimed at a press conference that “the wife of the President of the Republic is going around the country, with a fleet of truckloads of goodies, which she is sharing for votes. These run into millions of dollars”.
The NPP, he explained are for charity work, but are apprehensive of the timing of the “escalation of the First Lady’s gifts-sharing expedition and the volume and costs of the gifts being shared”.
Mr. Boadu said the government’s refusal to disclose “the sources of funding for the First Lady’s charity work is to add to the perception that the root and head of the corruption overwhelming the country is indeed the first family”.
However the deputy minister said the NPP was engaged in pretty unnecessary questions adding that they “are informed by deliberate efforts to engage in partisan propaganda”.
“So why are they singling out Madam Lordina Mahama for this sort of scurrilous attack?” Mr. Kwakye quizzed, saying “it is nothing more than partisan propaganda.”