Ernest Kofi Owusu Bempah Bonsu urges Ghanaians not to give Mahama another chance
The Deputy Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ernest Kofi Owusu Bempah Bonsu, has called on Ghanaians not to vote for former President John Dramani Mahama in the upcoming presidential elections.
Bempah Bonsu argues that Mahama has nothing new to offer and his previous tenure in office was marked by underperformance, massive corruption, and poor governance.
Mahama, who was defeated by the incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2016 elections, is seeking to make a comeback as the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2024 polls. However, Bempah Bonsu insists that Mahama’s return to power would be disastrous for Ghana.
Bempah Bonsu’s criticism of Mahama’s leadership style centers on his alleged incompetence, dishonesty, and divisive tactics. He accuses Mahama of stirring up ethnic and religious tensions and attacking democratic institutions, such as the Electoral Commission, the Judiciary, and civil society. He also claims that Mahama lacks the temperament, knowledge, and steadiness required of a president.
Bempah Bonsu further contends that Mahama’s economic policies, particularly his handling of the energy crisis (Dumsor), were a failure, and his government was plagued by rampant corruption. He alleges that Mahama broke the presidential code and was an embarrassment to the presidency.
For the most part, Bempah Bonsu’s critique of Mahama echoes the NPP’s campaign strategy of portraying the NDC as corrupt, incompetent, and divisive. The NPP has been in power since 2017 and has sought to distance itself from the previous NDC government’s record.
However, Mahama and the NDC have dismissed the NPP’s accusations and pointed to their achievements in areas such as infrastructure, health, education, and job creation. Mahama has also promised to address the current economic challenges facing Ghana, such as high inflation, unemployment, and debt.
In conclusion, Bempah Bonsu’s statement reflects the polarized political climate in Ghana, where both the NPP and NDC accuse each other of mismanagement and corruption. The upcoming elections will be a test of Ghana’s democratic maturity and the voters’ ability to assess the candidates’ policies and track record objectively.
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