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General News of Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Don’t annoy Ghanaians – Akufo-Addo tells Mahama

The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked his arch-rival in the December polls to be wary of his utterances as he[President Mahama] inches closer to wrap up his tenure in the crucial elections.

The NPP flagbearer’s comments were premised on recent remarks made by President Mahama who, in the wake of Moody’s upgrade of Ghana’s credit ratings, stated that “everybody recognizes that Ghana is rising and Ghana is doing well.”

Nana Addo said Mahama’s ‘fanfare’ over the recent Moody’s rating of the Ghanaian economy is needless, in view of the inaccuracy of the report by the International Credit Ratings Agency, Moody’s.

Moody’s, in its recent economic report of Ghana defined the country’s economic outlook as positive, affirming the rating at B3.

But speaking at the campaign launch of NPP Parliamentary nominee for the Weija-Gbawe constituency, Tina Mensah in Accra, Nana Addo said the ratings is not a true reflection of the current state of Ghana’s economy.

The NPP flagbearer wondered: “Did the Moody’s rating take into account the hundreds and thousands of youth who have no jobs? Have they taken into account the massive and unprecedented levels of unemployment, for which President Mahama says Ghana is doing well? We beg of him (President Mahama). If he is coming to the end of his term of office, Ghanaians are urging him not to say things that will further anger them.”

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said the continued stay in office of President Mahama poses the biggest threat to the future of Ghanaians present, and the generations unborn.

According to Nana Akufo-Addo, President Mahama’s tenure in ‘high office’ over the last 8 years, first as Vice President for 4 years and President for another 4, has been characterized by the politics of deception and propaganda, massive levels of unemployment, despondency, rising cost of living, and severe hardships and suffering amongst the citizenry.

“We need a new kind of politics in Ghana. A politics based on principle, on policy and on direction for the Ghanaian people. That’s the politics we need, and not the politics of deception. We want a new direction for our nation. John Dramani Mahama is the biggest threat to the future of our nation, and we have to work hard between now and December to kick him out of office,” the NPP flagbearer said.