Flag bearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, are serial liars, Communications Minister Dr Edward Omane Boamah has said.
Dr Boamah, at the Meet The Press series in Accra on Monday, 28 November catalogued a series of “lies” which he said had been told by the two opposition politicians against the Mahama administration.
On 9 December 2014, he said Nana Akufo-Addo “lied about the cost of the Kasoa Interchange and insisted it had been inflated,” when he delivered the Alhaji Aliu Mahama memorial lecture. “Not even facts to correct the obvious misinformation from an NPP – not NDC minority ranking Member of Parliament on roads and transport committee – could satisfy him. This is false.”
On 19 October 2015, he said Mr Akufo-Addo “lied about some $10m used by the government to print diaries. Once again this is false.”
On 21 October 2015, Dr Boamah said Mr Akufo-Addo “claimed at a gathering in Amsterdam that government and the Electoral Commission were scheming to rig the 2016 elections. He provided no proof, another falsehood.”
Again, on 19 December 2015, Dr Boamah said Mr Akufo-Addo “lied at an NPP delegates’ conference in Sunyani that all government projects had been awarded to enrich government officials. He provided no proof, another falsehood.”
On 29 February 2016, “he lied that the Ridge hospital project was inflated by $142million, yet another falsehood.”
According to Dr Boamah, “the lies” of Dr Bawumia, the former deputy governor of the central bank, “against this government are even more disingenuous – the case of the servant undoing the master.”
“On 25 March 2015, he lied at a lecture at the Central University College that the AfDB had suspended Ghana the previous month and we were still on suspension as of the time he was delivering the lecture. AfDB denied this claim, another falsehood.
“In November 2015, Dr Bawumia lied that the NDC government has borrowed $37billion in seven years. The illogical implications of his claim were quickly exposed. He then quickly shifted the goal post and tried to explain – shall I say rationalise – that he was talking about the value of money borrowed when our debt has never been calculated through the fraudulent manipulation of figures that he attempted to employ that day,” Dr Boamah added.