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General News of Sunday, 29 October 2017


Keeping Omane, Stan Dogbe cost Mahama 1m votes - Kwasi Botchwey report

Two of President John Mahama's inner circle have been identified as his Achilles heel following the National Democratic Congress (NDC)'s defeat in the 2016 general elections.

Former Communications Minister, Dr Omane Boamah, and Presidential Staff Stan Dogbe are mentioned in the Prof Kwesi Botchwey report which investigated the party's fall from power after 8years in charge.

In interactions with sections of the press, the investigative committee was told, "doing away with Omane Boamah and Stan Dogbe could have earned the president one million votes so he didn't have to look to Ashanti region".

The reference to Ashanti region is because the NDC unveiled a bold plan to snatch one million votes in the stronghold of its rival, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The NDC presidential candidate eventually got 497,235 votes representing 23.02 percent, a drop in his 2012 performance of 28 percent.

Bad blood between presidential staffer Stan Dogbe and the media is public knowledge with vocal media houses pushing for his sack notably after he smashed a journalist's recorder.

Feedback from the Committee's media interactions pointed to the intolerance of the President's inner circle.

"When you criticise the president, you are condemned", the report noted. The two "shadow actors", Dr Omane Boamah and Stan Dogbe reportedly convinced the president that he is "more popular than the NDC ticket".

Following his defeat, the former President has suggested the party was a "lame horse" and no matter the driver's competency he cannot use it to win an election.

This view of his defeat may synchronise with the report's claim that Dr. Boamah and Stan Dogbe fed the president with delusions of grandeur.

But the two would point out that there is a media cabal against the Mahama administration which contributed to the President's downfall.

The report also revealed how vehicles meant for the Presidential Press Corps were not given to them to which Mr Boamah denied knowledge of.

Dr Omane Boamah said he has “absolutely no idea” about claims in the Kwesi Botchwey report intercepted by Joy News.

He described the claim of diverting cars for journos at the presidency and other allegations as "lies which have been peddled over a period by some calculated by journalists [and] some politicians.”