General News of Sat, 20 Aug 2016270
I won’t insult Mahama back - Nana Addo
The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, says residents living in the northern part of the Western region, who ply the roads in that part of the country on a daily basis, will decide on December 7, whether those roads have been constructed by President Mahama or not.
Reacting to claims by President Mahama, who recently said that the NPP presidential candidate did not see good roads in the Western region because he slept throughout the tour, Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that he would not trade insults with the President, but would rather ‘thank’ him for his comments, and would await the verdict of the Ghanaian people in this year’s elections.
The NPP flagbearer was addressing commercial drivers and business owners at the Achimota charcoal station on Friday, August 19, when he made these known.
Amongst the concerns put forward to the NPP flagbearer by the leadership of the driver’s union at the Achimota charcoal station included the high cost insurance premiums, high cost of fuel and the bad nature of the roads in several parts of the country.
In responding, Nana Akufo-Addo noted that “our President says he has constructed a lot of roads under his watch. When I went on my tour of the Western Region, I didn’t see any of the so-called roads he has constructed. All I saw and travelled on were dusty and unmotorable roads. The President says I did not see any good roads because I was probably sleeping. I have nothing to say, but to thank him for these remarks.”
The NPP flagbearer added that “you (drivers) are the ones who travel on these roads, so you will bear testimony to what I am saying. If bad roads constitute one of your major concerns, then between President Mahama and I, who is the liar? Which of us is lying to Ghanaians?”
Nana Akufo-Addo was confident that the Ghanaian people will not allow themselves to be lied to by an incompetent and desperate government in this election year.
Touching on the so-called unprecedented achievements being bandied about by President Mahama and his functionaries, the NPP flagbearer wondered why the President was going around the country, at the expense of the taxpayer, distributing goodies to voters.
“Mr. President, if you have done truly worked for the people of Ghana, there would be no need for you or your wife to be sharing goodies to the people. If things were truly well in Ghana, would there be any need for your wife to be distributing sewing machines? If you, as husbands, were well-off under this government, won’t you have your own resources to buy sewing machines for your wives?” he asked.
Nana Akufo-Addo was, however, certain that the Ghanaian electorate have seen through these pranks, and will cast their vote based on their conditions of living.
“We need a government and a leader who is coming into office to implement good policies and programmes that will create jobs, fix our broken monetary system, and root out corruption. That is what the good people of Ghana need,” he said.