President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has told former president John Mahama, in particular that he would not respond to call outs by him or any other presidential aspirant of the opposition NDC until they are duly elected.
Though president Akufo-Addo did not mention the former president’s name ,he has been the most outspoken critic of Nana Addo’s government since he begun his campaign to lead the NDC back to power .
Mr Mahama lost the 2016 polls to Mr Akufo-Addo by more than one million votes, becoming the first incumbent president to lose an election
“Let me state here and now, for the record, that President Akufo-Addo will not respond to presidential aspirants.
He will respond to presidential candidates that have been duly elected by their parties. Then, he will engage those who still think Ghanaians have short memories.”
These were the words of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Saturday, 10th November, 2018, at the 25th anniversary celebration of the University of Development Studies, Tamale.
The President’s comment was borne out of recent attempts by aspirants of the leading opposition party in the country, the National Democratic Congress, to get the President to engage in a banter with them.
According to him “I am sure you have seen and heard some of the presidential aspirants of the leading opposition party taking jabs at my Government in order, ostensibly, to prop up their campaigns. And, whilst at it, they are desperately trying to get me to respond to them.”
However, President Akufo-Addo has served notice that he will only respond to persons duly elected as presidential candidates of their respective parties, and not to persons seeking to lead their parties.
Mr Mahama who is tip to win the NDC presidential primaries next month is being challenged by a host of people he appointed.