General News of Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Source: Ghanaian Observer
The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the desperation to win next month’s election has resorted to vote buying in order to remain in power.
It has emerged that the Mahama campaign is busily distributing Kia Picanto 1.0 vehicle to students on the campuses of the various tertiary institutions in the country as part of President John Mahama’s desperate bid to win over young voters in the various tertiary institutions across the country. The distribution machine is being coordinated under the “Movement For Mahama” group headed by Yaw Ampofo Ankrah, who is the younger brother of Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the 2012 Campaign coordinator of President John Dramani Mahama, as well as the “Youth For Mahama” campaign group headed by Okay FM’s Abeiku Santana.
The students who are beneficiaries of these vehicles have been told that the vehicles will become theirs on condition that they work to ensure victory for John Mahama in the coming elections. Lots of these vehicles have been cited on campuses such as the University of Ghana, Legon, the City Campus of the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Accra Polytechnic and Koforidua Polytechnic. At a time when GETFund contractors are complaining over unpaid arrears for work done whiles capitation grant to basic schools has not been paid for well over a year, when subsidies to senor high schools has not been paid, the NDC government has found money to buy vehicles to bait students for votes.
Meanwhile, former President, John Agyekum Kufuor has asked Ghanaians not to allow themselves to be influenced with money ahead of the December elections. He said the NDC are just spending money anyhow. Don’t be influenced with money. Even if you give them 10 more years in addition to the 23 years they have spent in government, they will still fail the country. Ex-President Kufuor said the ruling NDC has failed to make the lives of Ghanaians better and has resorted to buying votes to avoid defeat.
Worshipping at the Kumasi Central Mosque with the NPP’s vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, ex-President Kufuor said: NDC is claiming credit for schools they didn’t build. Also road that they didn’t build, they said they were constructed during their tenure and same applied to hospitals among others. He said: “We want someone to serve the nation. When the NPP was in power, banks were chasing you with loans.
The NDC is now managing the country’s finance without accounting for a penny. They are giving chiefs four-wheel drives and giving motor bikes to young men in return for their votes.