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NPP’s Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

Each week, the ruling NPP unfailingly presents political commentators like yours truly with enough material to take potshots at its policies.

So, it is that the President, Mr. Nana Akuffo Addo was in Paris, France, for vacation and he found time within his busy schedule to once again for the umpteenth time, before a crowd of Ghanaians resident in France, blame his predecessor for the stagnant and weak Ghanaian economy.

No surprise there. Blaming ex-president John Mahama for everything that has gone wrong with the economy since the NPP inherited power in 2016 is standard fare, a regular narrative for the President and his surrogates.

But seriously, this is the height of hypocrisy on the part of the NPP. Pinning the rap on John for the party’s failure to get the economy right and create jobs in the process is getting old and tired.

The crux of the matter, however, is this: Mr. Addo and his party own the economy now. The onus to fix it therefore rests solely on their shoulders. They should stop the blame game, the finger pointing and get their act together. Ghana is watching with eagle eyes to see what the NPP has up its sleeves for the remainder of its term in office.

The rank hypocrisy did not stop in Paris with Mr. Addo. It continued in London at the Global Forum on media freedom, with his minister of information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, blowing hot air about the NPP’s commitment to press freedom and that it was taking measures to prevent attacks on journalists.

Apparently, Mr. Nkrumah found it convenient to avoid disclosing to the rest of the world that the Addo administration has declared war on journalists manifested by the shutting down of radio stations it perceives to be carrying water for the NDC and that it has been particularly hostile towards journalists who refuse to tow the official line.

Back home in Ghana, the vice president, Dr. Mahamoud Bawumia got into hot water for drawing parallels between his government’s achievements and those of the NDC. Really? Do we need that sort of leadership? The answer is a resounding NO.

What the nation desperately needs are political leaders who will forge ahead with its development rather than casting their minds back to what their opponents achieved or did not achieve.

Then the NPP’s darling boy, Martin Amidu the most controversial politician of our time continues to make waves. He is not only eccentric, unpredictable and vindictive, the dude is also prone to making outlandish statements.

If reports that he has accepted a judgement debt of 80 million Ghana cedis as compensation for his abrupt dismissal from government are indeed factual, then the man ought to bury his head in the sand.

He took a single issue — public corruption — and rode it to fame. Affectionately dubbed citizen vigilante, he railed against government officials alleged to have stolen from the public purse. His former political party, the NDC, has borne the brunt of his vicious and relentless attacks.

Appointed the Special Prosecutor ostensibly to bring those charged with corruption to book, Mr. Martin is yet to successfully prosecute a single case. Mr. Amidu clearly has sold his core principles for political expediency and wealth. What stinking hypocrisy. It is written all over the faces of the NPP and its operatives.

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