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Politics of Monday, 10 July 2017


Mahama 'boys' had their 'flaws' - Sam George

The young appointees that President John Mahama worked with had their “flaws”, former presidential staffer Samuel Nartey George has said.

The Ningo Prampram MP told Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Monday, 10 July that: “I’ll tell you something, the young people who worked around President Mahama, I will not sit here and say we are angels, we had our flaws, myself included but I believe that we gave the best of ourselves, we did what we had to do.”

In March this year, the NDC’s Member of Parliament for Yunyoo in the Northern Region, Joseph Bipoba Naabu blamed the young appointees of the Mr Mahama for the NDC’s defeat in the 2016 elections.

According to Mr Naabu, Mr Mahama “allowed those working around him like Omane Boamah, Felix Ofosu Kwakye, Baba Jamal and other presidential staffers like Stan Dogbe to influence him. These small boys who have not even rented a room by themselves, have not been able to buy a car, had this opportunity and they were just talking carelessly, insulting people and he was listening to them. Could you believe that someone like Bagbin went to him [Mahama] to meet him and people like Stan Dogbe gave instructions that he cannot see him?”

Mr Nartey George, however, said despite such accusations, Mr Mahama’s young appointees kept in touch with the seniors of the NDC. “… You know, when a problem happens in the family, it is the younger ones who always take the flak for it, the senior people always sit back but I can tell you that many of us were constantly in touch with our senior people, constantly going to them and seeking their advice and opinion on many issues. I don’t want to mention specific names. … Those who you call the godfathers, they are our godfathers, we were always with them, we were always going to them and speaking with them …”

Mr Nartey George also said ex-presidential staffer Stan Dogbe is not to blame for the defeat of the NDC.

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