General News of Thu, 25 Jan 201822
'Mahama’s concentration on his projects caused his defeat' - Dele Momodou
Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodou has said former President John Mahama’s concentration on the projects his government was undertaking was one key problem that caused his defeat in the 2016 elections to President Akufo-Addo.
According to him, another shortcoming of Mr Mahama was that he could not really be bothered about what people said about him and went ahead to take certain bold decision during his reign which were unpopular to the masses, adding that “he paid the price for taking those bold decisions.”
Akufo-Addo polled 5, 716, 609 votes, representing 53.84 percent to wrestle power from Mahama who garnered 4,713,277 votes, representing 44.40 percent.
Then incumbent NDC party also lost more than 40 parliamentary seats to the NPP, which gave the latter Majority in Parliament.
Taking his turn on Starr Chat on Starr FM Wednesday Chief Momodou who’s a good friend of ex President Mahama said in spite of the fact that he publicly declared his support for Mahama in the 2016 election, he could see defeat boldly staring the NDC in the face.
“Because there were a lot of similarities to [Goodluck] Jonathan in Nigeria,” he told Starr Chat host Bola Ray when asked if he had seen Mahama’s defeat coming in 2016.
He added: “The easiest way to get rid of a government is to accuse it of corruption and most people that is what they want to hear. Whether it is true or not people just wanted to hear. And it is in the character of politics that you must damage your opponent and damage him beyond repair.”
When as why he was still stuck to Mahama knowing that he’ll lose the election Chief Dele Momodou responded saying, “In life, you don’t say that because you are going to be defeated you’ll just sit down at home and do nothing.
“For him, it was a great experience and I’m so proud of him for bowing out gracefully,” he said despite a lot of pressure on him not go.”