Flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama on June 18,2020 made a declaration via Facebook live to work closely with the Assembly members as well as pay them monthly if elected to power again.
But the Greater Accra Association of Assembly Members in Accra organized a conference to publicly throw their weight behind President Akufo Addo and NPP government. They described Mahama’s promise as unrealistic and not feasible as they have witnessed him in power and how he treated them.
General secretary of the association, Alfred Adjei, told the press that Mahama was not up to the task. He said “[Mahama] is not credible and his mode of approach not sustainable for his track records as Vice President and President respectively.”
Alfred continued to say that, “He abandoned us, assembly members. We the assembly members, he left us in a state of hopelessness and took us for granted. As the only Head of State to have had the opportunity to have served in the capacity as an assembly member, most of us believed in his promise of paying assembly members and presiding members, as stated in page 93 of the NDC Manifesto of 2012. This was stated black and white and we believed he would deliver on his promise because he had been in our position before and should have understood the plight of an assembly member. He left us with nothing but broken homes and hearts, hence, it is surprising that the same former president, John Dramani Mahama, is again making the promise to ensure the payment of monthly salaries to the assembly members when he’s given the chance; but he failed to do so when he was in power.”
Alfred Adjei, together with the association, pledged his unanimous support for President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party while praising some of the implementations by the incumbent government.
“The visionary President, Nana Akufo-Addo, made a bold pledge, which was captured in the manifesto of the ruling New Patriotic Party in 2016, that he will facilitate the implementation of Free Senior High School Policy for the poor households to enable every school-going Ghanaian child, daughter, son, have the opportunity to be educated at the secondary level free of charge.
“All these 1D1F projects are within the municipalities, which as linked to electoral areas. And we as assembly members are direct beneficiaries of this policy which has created thousands of jobs and enabled the complete minimisation of social vices which are often perpetrated by some of our unemployed youth. We can say, without any reservations, that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is really a God-sent leader who has been chosen to salvage Ghana from poverty and also lay solid foundations for the achievements of prosperity”.
Story by SurelyGh