Former National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) Kofi Adams says even though ex-President John Mahama ensured massive infrastructural development while in office, he was rather punished for that during the 2016 election which saw him losing power.
According to him, then opposition New Patriotic Party(NPP) succeeded in deceitfully convincing the beneficiaries that the cost of the projects had been hugely inflated and that monies allocated for that project could have done far more than had been provided them.
“President Mahama was a victim of his own performance. President Mahama within the shortest possible time was able to do a lot of infrastructural work across the country. And as a result of that, it was so easy for the opposition then to point to an infrastructure that is happening in a community and label it as a project of corruption. That was why they could describe water systems that were done for GHC30,000 – 40,000 as loaded and padded with corrupt payment. They made the people to think that the development that was brought to them what was spent in doing just one project could pay for two or more,” Kofi Adams who was Mr. Mahama’s Campaign Manager told Bola Ray on Starr FM.
He added: “So at that time if President Mahama didn’t do the project and he spent the money on chop chop you wouldn’t see a project to point out to the people that this water project that they did on one in your community they should have done two so that one will be in downtown and the other uptown so you don’t have to walk long distance to get water. So communities that President Mahama took water to instead of them rewarding him rather punished him because somebody told a lie around those projects that the monies spent on doing one could have done two.”
Then-President John Dramani Mahama was beaten by then three-time Presidential Candidate of New Patriotic Party(NPP) Nana Akufo Addo [current President] in the 2016 general elections.
He defeated John Dramani Mahama in the first round (winning with 53.85% of the votes), which marked the first time in a Ghanaian presidential election that an opposition candidate won a majority outright in the first round.