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Bawumia was NDC’s weak point – Tony Aidoo

Former Ambassador to the Netherlands Tony Aidoo is blaming vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for causing the downfall of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 general elections.

According to him, even though Dr Bawumia had flaws in his analysis of the economy, the NDC failed to put up an effective communication strategy.

He said his assessment of the loss of the NDC can be largely attributed to message deficiency, non-exciting messages on the part of the NDC communication team.
“What I missed was the inability of the NDC communication team to bring out the facts so as to challenge the comparative analysis that Dr Bawumia was making.

“Dr Bawumia was the Achilles’ heel of the NDC…Not only for the 2016 elections but he started way back in 2012,” he said in an interview on TV3.
Dr Tony Aidoo said the eight years of former President John Kufuor’s administration was carried by donor financial support adding that Dr Bawumia failed to punch holes on Kufuor’s administration prior to the elections.

He said “He ignored the fact that for the most part of the Kufuor administration, the eight years was virtually carried by donor financial support. All the social interventions that Kufuor implemented were donor supported.”
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“At the time our national debt was about 6.8 billion dollars. In effect, our debt-to-GDP ratio certainly dropped sharply so on what grounds can Bawumia compare that an economy that was virtually carried by donor financial support was managed better than an economy that did not have those support?” Dr Aidoo added.

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