Mahama suspended his tour to avoid disgrace—Abronye jabs
The Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Former President John Dramani Mahama has cut short his tour in the Bono Region to avoid “disgrace” due to low turnout, the Bono Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Kwame Baffoe (Abronye), has said
According to him, the NDC reasons for cancelling the tour was not due to the anomalies associated with the voter’s register as stated by the ex-President but to save him and his party from further disgrace.
A statement issued by Abronye on Tuesday indicated that former president Mahama was not enthused by how the people of Bono received him and was returning to Accra in order to enable the executives in the area put adequate measures in place to resolve the issue.
“It must be noted empathically that the main reason for cutting short his tour in the region is that, yesterday, Monday September 2020 after visiting Sunyani Odumasi around 1 p.m., John Mahama was not encouraged about the turnout and for that matter, in a meeting held at Esubett with a session of his regional executives, he told them that to avoid any disgrace, he has to return to Accra and come back later after a better mobilisation has been done,” he said.
Abronye indicated that ex-President Mahama reprimanded his executives for the abysmal work.
“He was very furious with his regional executives after they failed to make proper preparations by busing people from Bono East, which is their stronghold, to the Bono Region”, he added.
Abronye explained that Bono people were upset with the NDC flagbearer and acted in that manner to punish him for an alleged insult he passed on them in 2016.
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“Mr Mahama, in 2016, insulted the people of the Bono Region, after the collapse of DKM and stated that: ‘Even his illiterate uncle will not engage in such a Ponzi scheme,’ insinuating that all persons who traded with DKM are ‘senseless,’” he alleged.
The NPP regional chairman noted that the people of the Bono Region have not forgotten about “those insults because they do not have short memories as John Mahama thinks and that is why they refused to step out to welcome him when he visited the region.”
In addition, he said throughout ex-President’s visit, after seeing the good works done by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with regards to the road sector, infrastructure and other developmental projects and listening to the people’s feedback, he had no option than to return to Accra.
“For the purposes of the record, I would want to state categorically that this is not the first time there has been abnormalities in exhibiting a voter register, that is why the process in itself is called an exhibition,” and described former president Mahama’s decision as “unwarranted and unsubstantiated.”
Former President Mahama yesterday suspended his tour to return to Accra in helping to address voter’s registration irregularities.
According to him, the party was not comfortable with processes leading to the upcoming elections and called for international electoral observers to be deployed to ensure free and fair elections.
“As soon as this matter is addressed in Accra, I will quickly come back and finish the tour of the Bono Region,” he added.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE