Government has hit back at the opposition NDC over claims that the governing party has only achieved about 14 per cent of its manifesto promises.
According to the government, the NDC, clearly acting desperate, after realising it has lost the battle on national conversations, is creating its own false narratives to look decent in the eyes of the electorate as it accelerates its campaign mission of propaganda and lies.
Addressing journalists in Accra yesterday, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, described the claims by the NDC as distortion of facts, “one that the leading opposition party is engaging in to serve its own parochial partisan interest”.
Mr Nkrumah slammed the opposition party for parading dishonesty about the current state of affairs in the country.
“As we get into the 2020 national conversation period, one of the narratives that the NDC seek to carve is a narrative of dishonesty, and in order to give life or credence to that narrative, they have to create scenarios that if indeed we made 388 promises, they will find some ways of adding some 235 and claim that we made 631, and in the end say, therefore, that we have been dishonest,” he said.
He said part of the NDC’s strategy is to increase the NPP’s promises from 388 to 631 to enable it make a claim of dishonesty against the Akufo-Addo administration.
“They make this argument because what they seek is to downplay our achievement as a country and as a people,” he added.
The NDC, in the third edition of their weekly press conference held yesterday, claimed the governing party has only fulfilled 14 per cent of its manifesto promises.
Led by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the NDC described government’s accomplishments as “woeful”.
Responding to the claims, Mr Oppong Nkrumah, who is also the MP for Ofoase Ayirebi, stated: “What they have always forgotten is that if Ghana succeeds, and the Government of Ghana, regardless of which administration is in power, gets the credit, it inures to the benefit of all Ghanaians, including them. When Ghanaian leadership is respected and appreciated across the continent or the world, they too, regardless of their partisan political colour, benefit from the collateral credit.”
The Minister, however, admonished that despite this year being an election year, the country should be focused on conversations that will help bring development.
“We are clear in our minds that this year, being an election year, despite the expectation that our attention as a nation, even on politics, should be focused on leadership in times of crisis, it comes as no surprise that the group will resort to such attempts.
“We do not believe that Ghana’s progress record should be undermined in those attempts to be partisan. Government assures the people of Ghana to set and defend the nation’s record of growth straight even in this trying times,” he added.
Source: Daily Statesman