Bernard Allotey Jacobs has lashed out at the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources John Peter Amewu over his description of Ex-President John Dramani Mahama as a confidence trickster.
Hon. Amewu labeled Ex-President Mahama as a "conman" who failed to salvage the mining sector from the deteriorating activities of illegal miners in the country.
The Sector Minister's remark was an outright reply to Mr. Mahama after the latter delivered an unfavorable assessment of the Akufo-Addo administration in their efforts to combat illegal mining, commonly called galamsey.
The Minister reacted with shock to the former president’s claims that the use of force was never a solution to ending galamsey because he had previously applied it but failed to achieve the desired results, as well as recommending more tact and a review of existing regulations, which he (Mahama) said his government had done and which is available to guide the new administration.
Amewu, who said he previously held the former president in high esteem, however said not even a sheet of paper on the issue was left behind by the erstwhile Mahama administration, describing the ex-president, also as a failure unfit to be advising a working government.
But speaking to host Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM's Kokrokoo, the Central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Allotey Jacobs, registered his displeasure stating emphatically that the Minister will live to regret his statement.
To him, the Minister chose to "insult" the former President because of his desire to serve his leaders, asking "John Amewu, is he a technocrat or Politician? Nah, I want to know this; for him to have come out and say that President Mahama is a conman. You see, because of our desire to lap at the feet of leaders, we intend to insult others and then when we have lost elections; we come back and say we are sorry”.
“He’ll live to regret”, the NDC Central Regional Chairman stated categorically.
Allotey therefore encouraged "President Mahama that, on every Unity Walk platform, issues concerning the State – the welfare of the people – he should say it . . . We will not listen to what the NPP will be saying because Ghanaians seem to have now regretted voting President Mahama out".