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General News of Friday, 24 November 2017

Source: adomonline.com

Don’t compare yourself to Mahama – Yamoah Ponkoh to Sylvester Mensah

Former Chief Executive of Ejisu-Juabeng Municipal Assembly, Yamoah Afrifa Ponkoh has urged the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah, to stop comparing himself to former President John Mahama.

Mr. Sylvester Mensah, has said that he will be better than John Dramani Mahama if he is given the chance to lead the country.

While stating that the former President’s administration “did their best” while in office, he insisted that he would be able to take the country further than Mahama did.

A number of persons, including the Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo, Alban Bagbin, Ekow Spio Garbrah, and former Rector of the University of Professional Studies Prof Joshua Alabi have hinted of their desire to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s into the 2020 elections.

Despite not actually confirming it, John Mahama has given strong hints that he may try to recapture the Presidency he lost in 2016. Speaking on Eyewitness News on Wednesday, Sylvester Mensah also admitted that he was considering contesting for the position, adding that “consultations are ongoing” with his advisers on the matter.

When asked whether he believes he will do better than John Mahama if elected, Sylvester Mensah responded: “Of course, I believe strongly about that. I have competence and capacity that can move this country faster than any of the current hopefuls. I have the ability and what it takes to move this country faster than any other.”

But Mr Afrifa Ponkoh in an interview on Accra based Okay fm could not fathom why a man who has worked under former President Mahama could make such comments.

“In fact, you are not better than Mahama. How can you compare yourself to a man who appointed you as a CEO and worked under him? It’s impossible” he said. Mr. Mensah’s decision contest, Mr Ponkoh said it’s not a crime but should learn to maintain his standard and not attack John Mahama.

“I so much respect him (Sylvester), he has been my former boss before and but he should maintain his standard and stop attacking Mahama since he is fee to contest” he noted.

This notwithstanding, Mr Ponkoh believes former President Mahama is the only one capable of leading the NDC in 2020.