President John Mahama has reacted to several criticisms over his ‘Accounting to the People’ tour.
President John Dramani Mahama in response to accusations from several individuals says his Accounting to the People tour is not a re-election campaign strategy. The President denied all the perceptions that the main motive behind the regional tour is campaign related, saying that he is not on a campaign trail. According to him, when the time comes, he will be in “full political battle gear.”
Several members and supporters of opposition parties, especially those of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have accused the President, who is the flagbearer of the ruling NDC of abusing incumbency by hiding behind his Accounting to the People tour to campaign.
Speaking on Joy FM, the NPP’s 2016 campaign manager, Mr Peter Mac Manu said,”We should be able to distinguish purely party activities from government activities, however thin the line is.”
Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweeku Baako has said “accounting to the people is their choice of words but it is only the politically naïve who will think this has nothing to do with election 2016 and it has no campaign element…I mean, you tell that story to the marines.”
The Presidential Candidate of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has also suggested that the President’s tour is just a campaign trip running on tax payer’s money.
The Executive Director of the GII, Linda Ofori Kwafo, said they may not have the hard facts to prove that indeed, the President is using state resources for campaign purposes; but certain indicators might prove he is guilty.
However, President John Mahama countered the above observation while speaking during a courtesy call on the chiefs of Hohoe on Tuesday as part of his Accounting to the People tour of the Volta region. Speaking to the Chikefs, John Mahama said his nationwide tour was meant to interact with Ghanaians and show what his government had done to lift up the standard of living of the people.
It is evidently observed, that President Mahama is confident that with the work he has done so far, Ghanaians would give him another term.
According to him, apart from Prof J.E.A. Mills who unfortunately died in office, the two other past Presidents, John Agyekum Kufuor and Jerry John Rawlings, won their re-election bids.
The President said he was in his first four-year term, one year of which was wasted by the presidential election litigation. And having done his best, he is certain that Ghanaians would vote him come the November polls.
Speaking about the records of his government, the President said they were evident all over the country. “The track record of this government is an enviable one,” he said.
Welcoming the President on behalf of the chiefs of the area, the Paramount Chief of the Akpafu Traditional Area, Nana Afrifa Akuamoah, commended the President and the government for the work done in the road sector of the region.
Addressing the Volta region Chiefs, the President said a lot had been done in infrastructure development citing the road sector as a typical example. The president on the same day, commissioned a section of the Dodi-pepeso road which has been completed.
He also appealed to the chiefs and people to exercise patience if they had not seen one project or the other in their community because development is a process and not an event. He as well assured them that 10km of Hohoe town roads would be asphalted.
Moreover, President John Mahama said the government is looking at a programme to revive cocoa farming in the Volta region. He therefore encouraged the chiefs in the area to make land available to the youth for cocoa farming as the government, through the Ghana Cocoa Board, would supply them with free inputs.
Speaking further, he expressed delight about the relative peace existing between Alavanyo and Nkonya after their bitter conflict.