Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Akufo-Addo attack on Mahama's record 'too harsh' - Okudzeto Ablakwa

North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa spoke to Joy News, moments after the Parliament adjourned sitting Tuesday.

For the former Deputy Education minister Ablakwa, the speech was 'too harsh' on the record of former President Mahama's government.

He observed that after president Akufo-Addo appeared to be praising the former President for ensuring a peaceful election and a peaceful transition, it took a sudden negative turn as he piled condemnation on Mahama's record on the economy.




"President Mahama should be remembered for more than that. Every leader will have his positives, will have his challenges" he demanded more credit for the Mahama government.

Ablakwa Okudzeto whose political career flourished under Mahama said he is lacing up his boots to mount a strong defence of the former President's achievements when Parliament debates the address.



"He sought to virtually condemn the legacy of President Mahama and some of us will take very judicial notice of that and will rebut strongly," he said.

The North Tongu MP said the President's speech threw up some contradictions because while he pointed out that he had inherited a troubled economy, he still remains confident on delivering financially-demanding campaign promises such as free SHS, restoration of trainee allowances and an ambitious industrialisation plan.

"It is incongruous, it doesn't add up. it is conflicting," he stressed the president understated the resources available to his government.

Okudzeto admitted that while the economy has challenges, 'Ghana is not Sudan, Ghana is not Syria. Ghana is not a failed state'. He believes the President was cherry-picking on the good and bad of the Mahama government.

He expressed hope that in the spirit of national unity and ahead of the Ghana@60 celebrations, the President would have struck more conciliatory cord with the opposition.

He said the president failed to live up to the theme of the Ghana@60 celebration 'mobilising for Ghana's future' because his speech was 'too partisan'.

Okudzeto also noted there were some 'significant omissions' in Akufo-Addo's speech. One of them is the bloody conflict in Bimbilla, the constituency of the Defence minister Dominic Ntiwul. At least 10 people mostly women were killed as the intractable conflict resurfaced two weeks ago.

He said while Nana Akufo-Addo touched on government's effort to stabilize the political situation in The Gambia, he glaringly left out a local conflict.

"People have lost properties, people had to relocate, large villages have been deserted and the President doesn't even spare a thought for Bimbila," he said.

Akufo-Addo remembered Gambia but left out Bimbilla, "I thought that, that omission was costly," he stressed.

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