The Minister of Communication, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has described the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as "a bad old man" who takes pride in violence.He said the comment by the opposition leader following the Atiwa election violence that "even in Atiwa we showed them [NDC] something small" is a clear indication that Akufo-Addo is a violent man.
According to Dr. Omane Boamah, violence is not a good phenomenon to glorify due to its devastating effect on lives and properties and the development of the country therefore if any leader takes pride in violence and goes on to incite his followers with "all die-be -die" then that leader is a "bad leader" who should not be voted to power as President.
"Old man like you [Akufo-Addo], openly states that even in Atiwa we showed them something, what do you want to mean? Ghana, Atiwa we need peace…Ghana shares boundaries with countries that have been devastated by violence so should violence occur, where will we seek refuge. So if an old man like this, says even in Atiwa we showed them something small, then that man is a bad old man who must not be voted for as a President."
Dr. Omane Boamah made the comments when he addressed a mammoth rally at Anyinam in the Atiwa West Constituency in the Eastern region on Wednesday as part of President Mahama’s six-day campaign tour of the region.
He continued that, Ghana needs peace to experience the "economic transformation and livelihood empowerment" of Ghanaians due to the solid foundation laid by President Mahama.
Dr. Omane Boamah also asked residents of Atiwa, the birthplace of Nana Akufo-Addo to vote against the NPP leader for soiling the name of the town.
The Communication Minister also stated that the NPP manifesto promise of reducing taxes in the country is a sham backing his claims with historic antecedent in which the NPP kicked against the introduction of VAT in 1995 with series of bloody demonstrations but only came to power to increase the tax percentage.
He said, Ghanaians must demand answers from the opposition party where they will get money to fund the National Health Insurance Scheme should they reduce taxes since VAT contributes 72 percent of the total income of NHIS.