Former President and the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress, (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has taken a swipe at the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on issues concerning the country’s economy.
Mr. Mahama believes the Vice President is engaging in propaganda with the economy.
Dr. Bawumia recently urged Ghanaians to be optimistic in the competent management of the economy by the government.
According to him, the economy has begun showing signs of recovery following the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He insisted that the exceptional economic prowess and intelligence of the managers of the economy led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was key to wealth creation to reduce poverty, attract investments, empower businesses to expand, and create jobs.
The Vice President gave the assurance at the Central Regional Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON) conference held on Saturday at the University of Cape Coast.
Speaking on the theme: ‘Breaking the Eight’: the role of TESCON’, Dr. Bawumia praised the country’s discernment, good judgment, and management of exchange rate, and described it as “the best since 1992 and the performance in 2020 and 2021 simply superb.”
However, Mr. Mahama thinks otherwise. He described the claims as dishonest and laughable.
He thus urged the Vice President to check the reality of the lives of Ghanaians before talking about the economy.
“The point is, you can do so much propaganda with the economy, but the inflation will expose you. The same economist who said we should look at the real situation on the grounds and not the statistics is now telling us to look at the statistics and not the real issues on the ground.”
“The dishonesty is so glaring that sometimes it is laughable. You can do all the propaganda about the economy, but the reality of people’s lives will expose you.”
Mr. Mahama spoke on NTV Ghana on Thursday, August 19, 2021, as part of his ‘Thank you tour’.