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Politics of Sunday, 18 November 2018


'We are citizens, not spectators' - Mahama to Akufo-Addo

Ex-President John Dramani Mahama has thrown a subtle jab at President Akufo-Addo over his decision not to respond to attacks on him by presidential aspirants of the opposition party.

Addressing delegates at the NDC congress on Saturday, November 17, Mahama in reactions to the President's decision not to respond to presidential aspirants said; "Let me state here and now, for the record, president Akufo-Addo will not respond to presidential aspirants. He will respond to presidential candidates that have been duly elected by their parties.

"Then, he will engage those who think Ghanaians have short memories."

“As presidential aspirants, we are also citizens and not spectators.”

The President, Mr Mahama said, has the responsibility to listen to the issues of concern of the NDC flagbearer hopefuls because they are also citizens, he added.

President Akufo-Addo, speaking at the University for Development Studies in Tamale, said: "I am sure you have seen and heard some of the presidential aspirants of the leading opposition party taking jabs at my government in order, ostensibly, to prop up their campaigns. And, whilst at it, they desperately trying to get me to respond to them.

The NDC is currently having its 9th Congress at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre, Accra, to elect new leaders to steer the party for the next four years and possibly deliver victory in the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls.