Mahama jabs Akufo-Addo over $3bn IMF bailout approval

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Former president John Dramani Mahama claims that president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is privately pleading with the west to persuade it to authorize a bailout for Ghana’s faltering economy, despite his demand for African leaders to stop pleading with the west for assistance.

Mr. Mahama claims that over the past several days, the president has been pleading with western leaders over the phone to persuade the IMF’s management and board to authorize a bailout for Ghana following the signing of the Staff Level Agreement (SLA) in Accra.

“This same president is out there begging western leaders to talk to the IMF’s leadership to approve a deal for the country’s struggling economy”, he said.

The former president revealed this during a speech he gave during the 10th National Delegates’ Congress of the National Democratic Congress, which was held at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, December 17, 2022 and was intended to elect national executives to manage the business of the party.

In his speech, M. Mahama also stated that the NDC should win the next election on the basis of merit rather than by default because, in his opinion, the NPP has failed.

“Ghanaians are looking up to us not to become the next government by default as a result of the failure of this administration, Ghanaians are looking up to us to be the choice because we are a better alternative.

“We must not win by default of the lapses of this administration, but we must win because we are the better alternative to govern this country,” Mr Mahama noted.

According to him, the NDC in power will not make the same errors as the NPP.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say that if we get power, we must follow the NPP completely, but I dare to suggest that there’s no use in battling for political influence…

We must be the government of infrastructure, the NDC must be the government that upholds human rights, the NDC must be the government that fosters economic growth and prosperity, the NDC must be the government that values modesty and humility, the NDC must be the government that combats corruption and the misuse of public resources, and the NDC must be the government of caution and accountability.

He claimed that the NDC is prepared to serve as a backup administration in 2025.


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