The Bono communications directorate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has taken a swipe at the disgraceful political conduct of the Presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John D. Mahama, during his tour of the Berekum Municipality on Monday.
A statement signed by Mr. Seth Asare Bediako, better known as ABS, the Bono Regional Communication Director of NPP said, “the Bono regional Communications Directorate of the ruling NPP takes strong exception to candidate Mahama’s shameful conduct and urges the good people of the Bono region to shun the patronage and promises emanating from someone like the former President whose stand on general societal and governance issues keeps changing with the times”.
The former President who resumed his tour of the Bono Region following an earlier suspension to address issues irregularities arising from the recent Voter Registration Exercise.
Below is the full statement;
The Bono communications directorate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has taken a swipe at the disgraceful political conduct of the Presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John D. Mahama, during his tour of the Berekum Municipality yesterday.
It will be recalled that Mr. John D. Mahama kick started his campaign tour of the Bono region only a week ago, but had to truncate the said tour even before the sun would set on the first leg of his itinerary.
Highly placed sources within the NDC in the Bono region revealed that the highly disappointed and infuriated Presidential candidate of the NDC, in a closed door meeting with his party’s leadership in the Bono region, didn’t mince words in vending his frustration and utter shock at the poorly organized regional tour which saw poor attendance and low patronage in all the scheduled meetings and interactions he had with identifiable groups and electorates in general.
To save his dimming political image, the said tour was truncated and the former President had to hurriedly rush back to Accra to ostensibly address some anomalies his party folks had identified with the ongoing voter’s register exhibition exercise, as if he could not have achieved the same aim through the very media presence and platforms which covered the said regional tour.
After candidate Mahama’s empty, defeatist and desperate press statement issued from their party’s headquarters on his arrival in Accra, he and his campaign team decided to embark on their campaign tour of the Bono region once more, this time round in the Berekum Municipality.
In a live video coverage of candidate Mahama’s tour yesterday, he was seen doling out money to bystanders and the crowd which had mobbed his convoy.
This unhealthy political conduct of cash-for-crowd by Mr. John Mahama follows his poorly patronized tour in Sunyani last week and the subsequent fracas which ensued among the so-called Okada riders who were dissatisfied with the paltry sum of money given to them at the end of the said campaign tour last week. Sensing the disgrace and tendency of low patronage, Mr. Mahama resorted to the sharing of money as a strategy to entice people to join his campaign trail.
This dangerous, unsustainable and unhealthy political conduct by a former President and now Presidential candidate whose opinion has been well documented by governmental and civil society organizations on the best way forward in safeguarding our participatory and fledgling democracy by creating the ideal and congenial environment for ordinary citizens to make sound political choices without any form of enticement, duress and deceit could best be borne out of sheer desperation for political power and grave backtracking on good democratic principles he once touted and endorsed in time past.
As a former President and Statesman, it should be expected that Mr. Mahama would have justified the regular funding of his office operations and upkeep with tax payers money by playing his expected role as a good moral compass and a standard political barometer in the promotion of the tenets of our young democracy, and as well serve as an ambassador for good ethical conduct by the elected and their electors as we embark on this collective democratic experiment. What former President Mahama has been caught on tape to have done is repugnant, unprincipled, condemnable, shameful, undemocratic, deceptive, and a crude agenda to shore up his party’s support base and image which has taken a nose dive.
“The ideal and healthy democratic practice the world over provides that aspirants put out their campaign messages for their electorates to digest and make sound decisions without a shred of compulsion and enticement. If a personality who was once the Chief enforcer of our constitution is seen indulging in acts that have the propensity to derail our collective gains as a fledging democracy, we must rise up and speak up because a principle is a principle; one must wholly uphold it or condemn”.
“We cannot afford to pick and choose as and when the pendulum of morality only swings in our favour”.
“The Bono regional Communications Directorate of the ruling NPP takes strong exception to candidate Mahama’s shameful conduct and urges the good people of the Bono region to shun the patronage and promises emanating from someone like the former President whose stand on general societal and governance issues keeps changing with the times”.
Nobody can lure the good people of the Bono region with money, and we trust in their sound political judgment to endorse the Nana / Bawumia ticket, as well as our twelve gallant and credible Parliamentary candidates in the upcoming general elections.
Long live the NPP
Long live our region
Asare Bediako Seth
( Comm. Director, NPP, Bono Region)