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Opinions of Monday, 27 November 2017

Columnist: K. Badu, UK

Please, your Excellency, NDC could not have been an honest party!

I read with irreversible horror and endless puzzlement, former President John Dramani Mahama’s claims that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is an honest political party which presents the truth to Ghanaians at all times unlike their opponents (See: ‘NDC is an honest party-Mahama; classfmonline.com/ghanaweb.com, 26/11/2017 ).

Astonishingly, Ex-President Mahama, in a desperate attempt to motivate his heart-wrenched and unsuspecting followers at their bizarre health walk At Tarkwa, pontificated wildly: “the NDC is a party that do not tell lies. What we cannot do, we do not say we will do it and whatever we promise to do, truly, we deliver”

Well, contrary to Ex-President Mahama’s view point, I am pretty certain that not all Ghanaians suffer from chronic memory loss, and hence can vividly recall the NDC Party’s previous broken Manifesto promises.

It is, indeed, quite irritating that an experienced politician, who doubled up as a historian, would blatantly fail to recollect past events.

And more so isn’t it boundlessly unconscionable for anybody to expect a government that has been in power for a little over eleven months to honour all its Manifesto promises within such a short space of time?

With all due respect, wasn’t Ex-President Mahama who once strangely claimed that they, (NDC government) had edaciously consumed all the meat on the bone?

Former President Mahama, so to speak, was speaking in parables in relation to Ghana’s unprecedented economic collapse as a result of mismanagement and rampant sleazes and corruption under his watch.

It is, therefore, extremely baffling to keep hearing and reading from the same people who wilfully and dissolutely collapsed the once thriving economy shouting from the roof top about the supposedly slow pace of development, barely eleven months after NPP government assumed power.

How could individuals who revoltingly threw Ghana’s economy deeper and deeper into the mire turn around and accuse the NPP government of not turning things around quickly in barely eleven months in office?

In fact, it was the same x-President Mahama’s government that licentiously spent excessively and above its means, and, in the process needlessly increased our total debt from GH9.5 billion in 2009 to GH122.4 billion as of December 2016.

This means that there was virtually no money left in the national purse for the incoming NPP government to turn things around sooner.

It is, therefore, unreasonable for the minority NDC operatives to expect the NPP government to keep all its promises within a short space of time.

But despite all the economic mess left by the erstwhile Mahama’s coarse administration, the current NPP government under the able leadership of President Akufo-Addo has commendably undertaken a number of social interventions.

Since assuming power, Akufo-Addo’s government has taken estimable strides to improve the social mobility through implementation of poverty reduction policies such as free SHS, one district one factory, one million dollars per constituency, tax reductions, a dam per village in the northern part of Ghana, among others.

It is also worth stressing that in spite of the huge economic mess created by the outgone NDC government amid stunted economic growth, Akufo-Addo’s government has efficiently raised the economic growth from a nauseating 3.5 per cent as of December 2016 to around 7.8 per cent within a short space of time.

Upon taking office, the NPP government has dramatically reversed the inflation rate to a little over 11 per cent from a little over 15 per cent as of December 2016 (GSS 2017).

Clearly, President Akufo-Addo and his government are graciously delivering on their Manifesto promises to the delight of the vast majority of Ghanaians.

Believe it or not, in the past, there have been uncountable NDC Party’s broken Manifesto promises, but the one that has stencilled on discerning Ghanaians mental sheets to date, is the one-time NHIS premium. That promise, so to speak, was destitute of honesty and integrity. So, who says that the NDC is an honest party?

It would be recalled that prior to the 2008 and 2012 general elections, Ex-President Mahama and his NDC Party made a number of Manifesto promises to Ghanaians. But as to whether they honoured those promises, is a million dollar question.

Certainly, it goes without saying that the NDC Party solicited votes from Ghanaians, and, in exchange, they guaranteed everyone protection of life, property, provision of social amenities, better socio-economic standards of living and to a certain extent liberty.

Dearest reader, if you may recall, during the 2008 and 2012 general elections, the NDC Party gave a cornucopia of Manifesto promises, including one-time NHIS premium, free SHS, ‘making dumsor a thing of the past, putting money in Ghanaians pocket, creating more jobs for the jobless, stabilising the economy, protecting Ghanaians from the menaces of galamsey and Fulani herdsmen, bringing an end to dubious judgement debt payments, fighting the rampant sleazes and corruption amongst others.

Regrettably, though, after giving all those richly interesting, albeit unrealistic promises with a view to deceiving Ghanaians for their mandate, the NDC government, as expected, woefully failed to honour the promises, and, consequently, a total of 55.6 per cent (44.4 for Mahama) of the electorates rightly voted them out of power in 2016.

In retrospect, the NDC government failed terribly to initiate expedient policies to overturn the failed policies of agriculture, poverty reduction and resource allocation in the areas of healthcare, education, finance, supply chain management and security sector planning, amongst others.

Based on the preceding expositions, it would be disingenuous for anybody to claim that NDC is an honest party.