The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) flagbearer, President John Mahama has cautioned that it will be “very dangerous” to hand over power to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, because he presides over a divided party.
In President Mahama’s latest swipe at the NPP presidential nominee, he likened Nana Akufo-Addo to a dictator who cannot stand criticism from his own party.
Speaking at Bimbilla on his four-day campaign tour of the Northern Region, he said, “it will be a very dangerous thing to hand power to a party that is not ready because the NPP, as I tell you today, is divided into two”.
According to President Mahama, Nana Akufo-Addo is leading “only half of the party” and “the other half are sitting with their hands folded watching him drive the bus down the hill”.
“What we need in Ghana is an understanding President. The era of dictatorship is gone. We are not looking for a dictator, somebody who cannot stand criticism.
Within his own party, if you criticise him he will sack you. We are looking for a leader who can bring people together,” the NDC flagbearer added.
The NDC and its flagbearer have in recent times tagged the NPP as a party intolerant of dissenting views.
During the NDC’s official campaign launch, President Mahama accused the NPP of unnecessarily punishing its members who speak against issues within that party, in reference to the suspended NPP Chairman, Paul Afoko.
But the NPP has responded to these claims – in reference to Paul Afoko – saying its firm and constitutional handling of the recent internal suspensions, was instead an indication of the party’s ability to govern.
Mustapha Hamid, Spokesperson for Nana Akufo-Addo said that “if the NPP has shown itself to be a party that will let the rod fall on whoever falls foul of its laws and procedure, then I think that is a party that we can entrust the destiny of Ghana, an NPP government will be a government that will let the law apply.”
Addressing party supporters at Kpandai, Bimbilla and Wulensi President Mahama commended former President John Agyekum Kufuor for his proposal that a four-year term was not enough for presidents to achieve their target.
He therefore made a passionate appeal to Ghanaians to renew his mandate for another four-year term.
He said in view of the global pace for development, a Ghanaian president would need time to implement his programmes and also manage the economy.
President Mahama said four years was not enough for a president to finish all the work at transforming the nation, so the constitution recommends four more years after the expiration of the first term.
‘Former President Kufuor is a sensible person, very experienced president, not long ago he said the four years is not enough,’ President Mahama said.
Ex-President Kufuor recently reiterated his call for an extension of the presidential term arguing the four-year term is not enough to make a meaningful impact as president.
President Mahama said the work of the president is like that of a mason, the first four years is used to lay a good foundation and the next four years is used for the construction of the building.