John Dramani Mahama has been under fire from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which claims he is unfit to lead Ghana once more.
The NPP charged that the former President wrecked the economy during his administration.
On March 2, 2023, Mr. Mahama announced his candidacy for president at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, in the Volta Region, and attacked the Akufo-Addo-led administration for its poor handling of the economy.
The majority of Ghanaians have left the country in quest of better opportunities, according to the former president.
“With the limited fiscal space, we are likely to inherit because of the mismanagement of the economy under NPP.” There are many who say that my words, just before leaving office in 2016, that posterity will be my judge, have proven prophetic in the face of the disastrous performance of the NPP government and their harrowing dismantling of our country’s prospects. This government has been clueless and, in many ways, callous. We are saddled with debt, and we have been downgraded by every rating agency, and inflation has gone off the roof, sending people into abject poverty,” Mr. Mahama indicated.
He added, “it should worry us deeply that the average young Ghanaian would grasp any opportunity to flee the despondent climate under which they live in favor of even the most menial jobs in other countries. We have always had our people going in search of greener pastures abroad, but the current mass exodus of active workers and professionals is profoundly worrying.”
The NPP’s communications director, Richard Ahiagbah, responded to this on Eyewitness News by claiming that even if the previous president were given another chance to lead the nation, he would not be able to change the situation.
He refuted the former President’s assertions by stating that “people will always travel outside of this country and, when they do, they will return. Nothing in his records indicates that he can reverse it, if that is his argument for being able to do so. There is no evidence to support what he is saying.
“The statistics show that he has no capacity that he claims he has to make this economy work. He never grew the economy one inch when he had the chance to be president. He cannot talk about the economy, he cannot talk about people leaving this country. Now he wants to come again, we have to let him know that we kicked him out, and he’s no longer eligible by his performance”.
According to the communications director for the NPP, the previous president never led an economy during a challenging period, which is why he made that claim.
“He [Mahama] has never managed an economy in a difficult time before, he has not managed an economy in COVID-19 before. What was the situation under his government?” he asked.