Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, has dismissed claims that the victory by Major General Muhammadu Buhari over incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan in the just ended presidential elections in Nigeria will affect the chances of President John Mahama in the 2016 general election.
According to the minister, the New Patriotic Party’s assertion that, the victory for the Nigerian opposition leader was a sign of a good omen for Nana Ado Dankwa Akufo-Addo, NPP flagbearer in 2016, was misplaced.
Mr Iddrisu who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale South, was addressing NDC party supporters to round off “Easter tour” of the constituency.
He said such inferences and conclusions were farfetched and that Ghanaians would retain President Mahama in government based on his interventions and infrastructure development across the country.
“One will want to dismiss as illogical and imaginary if not whimsical the kind of conclusions that many people have come to…I am extremely optimistic that President Mahama will deliver on his core pledges to the people of Ghana. The particular attention which is occupying his attention is fixing the current energy crisis and getting the country on course,” Mr Iddrisu said.
He indicated that, the contest and circumstances of the Nigerian elections were not the same as what pertained in Ghana, saying President Mahama was working to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians as promised in the NDC manifesto.
Mr Iddrisu said the International Monetary Fund bailout would help to stabilise the local currency and improve the macro-economic performance of the country.