A former Communications Director of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Adomako Bafi, says it is unreasonable to blame Vice President Dr Mahmudhu Bawumia for Ghana’s economic challenges as he heads the Economic Management Team (EMT).
Adomako Bafi, speaking in an interview with OK FM, said the EMT is only an advisory body – the final buck for economic decisions always rests with the presidency.
Bafi pointed out that most of Bawumia’s challengers to NPP flagbearers like former Trade Minister Alan Kyremontene and Agriculture Minister Dr Afriyie Akoto are also in EMT, but nobody blames them for the economic problems.
This, he said, is a sure sign that Veepa’s critics are useless.
“The financial management team is just a consultancy; They don’t implement anything. And even so, Alan Kyremate was part of the economic management team, the Minister of Agriculture (Dr Afriyie Akoto) was also part of the economic management team.
“All the people vying for the flag bearer position of the NPP were part of the EMT. An EMT’s job is a team job so Bawumia cannot be blamed if things don’t go well,” he said in a tweet.
Adomako Bafi also took up other arguments against Bawumia’s candidature, with some recent claims that he has not been in the party long enough to be the flag bearer.
Former NPP General Secretary and Alan Kyremanten’s aide, Nana Ohene Ntow, who recently became a card-carrying NPP member in Bawumia 2008, indicated that he did not have enough time to become a party leader.
Adomako Baffi responded that the number of years one has served in the party should not matter in the selection of a presidential candidate and the most important factor to consider is ability.
He said Bawumia has proven that he can lead Ghana by assisting President Akufo-Addo in winning power for the NPP and as a result implementing policies that will benefit Ghanaians. [digitalisation, gold-for-oil among others].
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