A private legal practitioner and member of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, says the much touted ‘Break the 8’ by the NPP is to ensure that the modest gains made by the Akufo-Addo government are protected from being destroyed by the likes of former President John Dramani Mahama who is only good at destroying what is built by others.
While on his ‘thank you tour’, Mr Mahama claimed that the NPP government wants to ‘break the 8’ in order to cover up corrupt deals.
Responding to that claim, Mr Otchere-Darko said that is far from what the former President thinks, explaining that the NPP rather wants to keep him from returning to power to destroy what the Akufo-Addo government is fixing.
“It is clear to Ghanaians that the NDC doesn’t seem to see any alternative to present to Ghanaians in 2024 but him, John Mahama, and it is obvious from what he did to what he inherited from his own boss, President John Atta Mills, that he would destroy what NPP was fixing if returned in future.
“Mahama destroyed what he inherited from Mills in July 2012 and handed over the running of Ghana’s oil-rich economy to the IMF when there was no crisis. Simply put, he himself was the crisis! He home-grew a crisis and outsourced the solution. That is the record of ‘Mahama the Disaster’, he wrote in an article posted on his Facebook wall.
Money in pockets
According to Mr Otchere-Darko, the NPP has done more to put money in the pockets of Ghanaians through various policies introduced by the Akufo-Addo administration.
To this end, he added that the NPP will not find it difficult convincing Ghanaians that it has largely delivered on its mandate and that “there is the need to protect and build on what has been delivered they deserve to be maintained (under a new leader) who can be trusted to protect the gains made.”
The legal practitioner added that almost all the mess created by the Mahama-led NDC administration had been cleaned by the NPP, including GHC20 billion a year in interest rates.
Ghana, Mr Otchere-Darko added, has a strong and vibrant banking sector today as a result of an amount of GHC21 billion of taxpayers’ money being spent to save the financial sector and help solidify it to grow.
According to Mr Otchere-Darko, apart from the Akufo-Addo government providing employment for more people in the public sector, including doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers, immigration officers, armed forces personnel, among others, it has also within five years built more roads than any previous government under a similar period.
“The only other leader who can also beat his chest is President Kufuor. The NPP has fixed more roads than any other party. That is where your taxes go,” he added in the article.