Election 2020 is fast approaching and many floating voters are contemplating on which candidate they should stick out their neck for. If previous elections are anything to go by then it is very obvious that NPP’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and NDC’s John Dramani Mahama stands tall as they show glimpses of battle-readiness in the build-up to the presidential race.
President Akufo-Addo in the 2016 electioneering campaign looked very promising with all the humongous campaign promises which appeared almost impossible but Nana’s demeanour and confidence was something to hope for even though it wasn’t salvation. It was obvious in the voice of Nana Addo that ex-president Mahama had failed woefully and didn’t deserve another term even though the building of infrastructures were glaring for everyone to see.
Nana Addo made Ghanaians believed that Mahama’s administration was number one in terms of governments who have supervised corruption. However, the worse was yet to come under Akufo-Addo’s watch. In fact, I am not here to enumerate Nana Addo’s successes because it is no news for governments to implement policies that are good for the people of Ghana. In this current administration, there has been a number of scandalous deals which is difficult to phantom.
Appointing 110 men and women to head various sectors as ministers is a recipe for corruption. I have no doubt in my mind that some ministries can be scrapped as they serve no meaningful purposes. The ministries of Monitoring and Evaluation, Special Development and Initiatives, and the ministry of Procurement, just to mention a few are a waste of resources.
Where are the dams in the northern part of the country? Where are the 1 million dollars per constituency? How many factories have been built in the various districts? These promises were something to hope for but it hasn’t seen the light of the day as Nana Addo’s first term comes to an end. Unemployment rate is still high because the government does not see the need to build infrastructures to employ the youth into various sectors. In fact, Nana Addo has disappointed many Ghanaians who saw him as an advocate against corruption and for press freedom.
Ex-president Mahama rose through the ranks of a member of parliament, communications minister and later became a vice-president and took charge as the president after the demise of J.E.A Mills. He won the 2012 election so one would have thought that Mahama has gone through the mill and has seen it all before ascending the throne and with his impeccable experience, his administration would be better.
Mr. Mahama after losing abysmally in the 2016 elections is here again canvassing for votes from Ghanaians. What at all has changed? Has he learnt his lessons? What about the ’dead goat’ syndrome? Has he not done his best already? If not then why did he make Ghanaians believe that he was second to none in his previous administration? The questions can go on and on.
The founder of the NDC, JJ Rawlings become a serial critic of his administration because he employed novices and supervised corruption. Embezzlement of funds and serious government maladdministration was the order of the day. It is true that he chalked some successes but it also true that the economy was very bad under his watch. Trade and industries were collapsing because, under his watch, power outages became normal as the country began load shedding. Dumsor, as a result, collapsed a lot of companies rendering many persons jobless.
John Mahama touted as a visionary leader was ridiculous because he was against the Free S.H.S policy which in his opinion should have been progressive for him to build all the infrastructures before it is rolled out fully. It was clumsy on his part to vow not to pay Nurses Trainee allowance and that of Teachers. Mr Mahama has now seen the need to pay the allowances and interestingly making big promises to find his way to the presidency.
Nana Addo and John Mahama have their strengths but the one thing they have in common is supervising corruption. Akufo-Addo believes in implementing long and short term policies whereas John Mahama believes leveraging on infrastructure is the way to go. Akufo-Addo is in his fourth year and has been very disappointing but Mahama can’t be an option if his 5 years stay in office is used as a yardstick.