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General News of Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Source: abcnewsgh.com

Mahama winning a second term will be punishment from God – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has suggested that the only reason former President Mahama, whom he defeated handsomely in the 2016 elections, can ever win another term as President, is if God wants to punish the people of Ghana, ABC News can report.

The President averred that the economic gains he has chalked within 3 years in office will be eroded and severe hardship including but not limited to widespread unemployment, retarded and slow economic growth, poor quality education will be visited on Ghanaians as a form of punishment in the most unlikely event that John Mahama becomes President.

The remarks were made by the President to dismiss the impression created by Former President Mahama that his defeat in 2016 general elections was God’s doing to portray how good he was as President and get Ghanaians to appreciate him and the NDC more.

The President, addressing a gathering in the Volta Regional capital, Ho, as part of his two-day tour of the Region, accused former President Mahama of plunging Ghana into near-crisis situation and asserted that God is not wicked to give Ghana back to Mr. Mahama and the NDC considering the giant strides his government has achieved through policy interventions such as the Nation Builders Corps, (NABCO) and Free SHS.

”Former President John Mahama said that God brought the NPP government so that Ghanaians can appreciate the NDC. So Ghanaians want stagnation, not progress?

Ghanaians want the unemployed graduates Association? They do not want NABCO? God is not so wicked to punish Ghanaians again with the rule of John Mahama and the NDC,” President Akufo-Addo said.

The President’s comments come after Mr. Mahama reiterated his belief that it was a good thing for the NDC to have been voted out of power in 2016 in order for Ghanaians to appreciate the good work they did.

The former President said there is extreme hardship under the Akufo-Addo-led administration and Ghanaians would not have known the difference between the NDC and NPP if the NDC had not lost power in 2016.

“Sometimes when God makes us go through hardship he has a purpose for it…I said it was good and it was God’s will that we lost the election in 2016. We lost in order that we will continue to have a peaceful country and then secondly, because God wanted us to appreciate what NDC was doing. If NDC had not lost, it will be what we call ‘tragedy of the unlived experience,’ he said while speaking at the centenary anniversary of the E.P Church at Dabala in the Volta Region on Sunday, 3 November 2019.

“If you don’t live through an experience, you’ll always say to yourself that ‘if I had done this, this would have happened’ but you don’t know what would have happened if you had done that and probably God saved you from something by letting you take the course you did instead of the other course. And so, if the NDC had not lost and Nana Akufo-Addo and NPP taken over, we would never have appreciated what NDC was doing for us. And so, God said ‘let me let you experience this one too so that you have a basis for comparing the two,” he added.