Accounting tour: Akufo-Addo did worse in 2008 – Koku Anyidoho
Deputy General Secretary of NDC, Koku Anyidoho, has said endorsements of the major projects undertaken by the Mahama administration is sending shivers down the spines of NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to Anyidoho, the twice defeated 72-year-old NPP presidential candidate has no campaign message and their tactics to frustrate the Electoral Commission to buy time to address crisis in his own party is failing.
The NPP, according to him, is therefore crying foul over a legitimate function of the President. The campaign manager of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu has described the tour as an abuse of incumbency, but Anyidoho described his comments as funny and a sign of a desperate fragmented party looking for something to hang on.
“It’s exciting because they allow us to occupy the media space to tell the good story of our flagbearer. I am happy Mac Manu will discuss President John Mahama rather than his listless flagbearer Akufo-Addo who has no message, who has no campaign story to tell and is sitting down there trying to use terror tactics to win the elections,” the outspoken NDC executive said on Radio Gold’s 60-minute, a political talk show hosted by Samuel Eshun.
“It’s because he is doing something that is hurting them. The President is working. In the past the story was that the President was doing nothing, nothing was happening across the length and breadth of this country. And of course those days because of the darkness, ‘dumsor’, it was highly impossible to convince Ghanaians that many things were going on in this country. You don’t have light so even if you put documentaries on TV who will watch it? Today thanks to God, the power situation has stabilized and so suddenly the President is working and Ghanaians are now following the development agenda, the transformation that is going on,” Anyidoho added.
He said the Eastern region tour and the massive endorsements have blown Mac Manu and the elephant fraternity apart, especially the comments coming from the Kwahumanhene.
Anyidoho referred to Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign during the 2008 elections, arguing he exploited state machinery when he was not an elected president.
“When they prevented people like Kwesi Pratt from appearing on GTV programmes, stop NDC from appearing on Radio Ghana programmes, state media like Graphic and Times will not cover pro-NDC events that is what we call abuse of incumbency.
“President Mahama is not frustrating Nana Akufo-Addo. He is not frustrating Bawumia who is moving from one institution to the other telling lies with all those figures meaning nothing ….., that’s why Bawumia can claim he has in his possession a register from Togo and that within three weeks he will produce the ones from Cote D’Iviore, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali and up to date he has not produced them,” he argued.
He added: “Then in 2008 when Peter Mac Manu was the NPP National Chairman, we all saw what happened in this country. The heavy military escort, the sirens, the motorcades, the heavy police escort…He was using state resources to fly to Benin, Cote D’Iviore and to Burkina Faso to go and meet the Presidents of those Republic and creates the impression that he is already the President of Ghana. That is what we call abuse of incumbency.”http://ghanapoliticsonline.com
Mr Anyidoho noted that then candidate Mills was a former Vice President and Nana Akufo-Addo was a foreign minister who had resigned, yet the state at that time gave him all the security and neglected the late Atta Mills. He teased that Nana enjoyed his Presidency at that time and will never become President again because he scared Ghanaians who saw the flamboyance at that time.
According to him, Akufo-Addo is walking into another defeat in 2016.