The New Patriotic Party has criticized President John Mahama and issued a strong defense of its flagbearer amid the president’s claims that Akufo-Addo is a dictator.
Speaking at a news conference Thursday, the acting general secretary of the party, John Boadu, pushed back against president Mahama’s claims that Akufo-Addo is “divisive” and a “dictator.”
“Insults will not create jobs or fix the economy, Mr President. Since officially launching [its] campaign in Cape Coast recently, the National Democratic Congress, led by President John Dramani Mahama, has made it clear how they intend to wage their campaign.”
He added: “After eight straight years in office and seeking to extend it to 12 years if elected this December…the NDC intends to once again prosecute a campaign of lies and insults against Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.”
President Mahama has recently upped his attacks on Akufo-Addo, saying he behaves like a dictator who can not stand criticisms.
“What we need in Ghana is an understanding president. The era of dictatorship is gone: we are not looking for a dictator, somebody who cannot stand criticism in his own party,” President Mahama said at a campaign rally in Bimbila Tuesday. “If you criticise him, he will sack you. … That is not the kind of leader we are looking for. We are looking for a leader who can bring people together.”
According to Mr Boadu, the president speaks as though he is possessed while describing Akufo-Addo as the lead campaigner against dictatorship in Ghana.
“The president is talking as if he is possessed. He is using words as if he is seeing things [in duplicate]. First, he insults Nana Addo for daring to re-echo the cries of the Western Region over the bad state of their roads, then he dares accuse Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, [who is] one of the foremost champions in the struggle against military dictatorship and for democracy and freedoms, as a dictator,” he said.