Monday, March 13, 2017


By William Yaw Owusu
Monday, March 13, 2017

Former President John Dramani Mahama has distanced himself from a programme purportedly being organized by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to celebrate him.

He says he is not aware of any such programme, neither was the intention to have such a programme even communicated to him.

There are NDC posters making the rounds that the former president is going to be celebrated on Saturday, March 18, in Accra.

The programme, which is going to be in a form of a rally, is expected to take place at the Kawukudi Park at Nima from 10am to 2pm, and prospective participants have been asked to wear ‘NDC/JM colours’ as the dress code.

Titled, “Celebrating former President John Dramani Mahama,” the poster displays the picture of the former NDC presidential candidate in black and white wearing smock and also includes photographs of some of his flagship infrastructural projects like the Community Day Senior High School, the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange aka Dubai and what looks like the University of Ghana Medical School Hospital as side attractions.

However, the office of the ex-president issued a statement yesterday through his spokesperson, Joyce Bawa Mogtari, denying Mr. Mahama’s involvement in the said programme.
“The Office of the Former President, John Dramani Mahama has become aware of an advert announcing an event for the 18th of March, 2017 and intended to celebrate him,” the statement said.

“While the former President appreciates the kind of thoughts of the initiators of the said event, he has directed me to indicate that he is unaware of the said programme; he has not been informed or invited to any such programme, and he has not provided any form of endorsement for the programme,” it stated.

Mrs. Bawa-Mogtari, a former Deputy Minister for Transport, has herself appeared to have stoked fire in the NDC with her recent purported comment that she would not care if the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government rules for two terms (8 years).

The former deputy minister, who was the spokesperson for Mahama’s re-election campaign last year, reportedly said on Starr FM last Wednesday during the commemoration of the International Women’s Day that it is normal for the NPP to rule in from 2016 to 2024 and that “shows the beauty of Ghana’s democracy.”
“Well, I don’t really mind if NPP rules for eight years; it’s democracy and really not an issue. When they lost, you can imagine how they felt when we moved into Flagstaff House and I know the feeling… We’ve all been there and that is the beauty of our democracy,” she is reported as saying.

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