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Ex-President, John Dramani Mahama has stated that President Nana Akufo-Addo has no right to whine concerning the ‘Akyem Mafia’ and also ‘Sakawa Boys’ tags used to define a few of his appointees responsible for the Agyapa Royalties deal.
According to the NDC flagbearer, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo did even worse when he was in opposition thus, he does not have to be upset by the name calling.
In an interview on TV XYZ, Mr Mahama clarified that “He [President Akufo-Addo] was an opposition leader who called Presidents before him anything you can imagine, including ‘Prof Do Little’ and then he described somebody as a ‘Simpa Panyin’ and I don’t want to repeat the others things he said.”
“He’s the President who has called his critics naysayers and Jeremiahs”, adding: “I don’t understand on what standard he can be offended at this time because he has precedence of name-calling,” he added.
John Mahama’s remarks comes a day after President Akufo-Addo, at a meeting with the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, whined about the ethnocentric tagging of his ethnic group.
This desired Mr Mahama shared a statement issued by Minority MP Isaac Adongo, in which the legislator explained the President and some of his appointees as ‘Akyem Mafia’ as well as ‘Sakawa Boys’.
Nana Addo said “Sometimes, one would hope when things come out, people will comment on them. The comment made by my opponent: ‘Akyem Sakawa’ people, I have not heard any public figure in this country or anybody comment on it.”
“If I was to get up to make a comment about northerners or Gonjas, you can imagine the uproar that will be in the country,” he further complained.
But reacting to this, the former president, John Mahama told Eric Ahianyo during the interview on Saturday September 5, that though he said, “I’ll be the last person to disparage any tribe or ethnic group”.
He included that numerous leading members of the NDC and his former appointees are Akyems.
“In the first place, the National Chairman of my party, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, NDC, is an Akyem and so are many leading members of my party and members and supporters and when I was President, I appointed many Akyems in my government.
“The head of our Manifesto Drafting Committee, Prof Danso Barfuor, is an Akyem and they have all contributed to our government and our forward march to recapture power in the December elections in order that we can create jobs, spread development in an equitable manner throughout the country”, Mr Mahama explained.
He however claimed President Nana Akufo-Addo lost the right to grumble a very long time earlier.
Source: Ghana Waves