Explaining his assertion, Mr Adams said when the three-time flagbearer of the NPP and President John Mahama, the two main contenders in the November 7 polls, are put on the same scale, the former comes nowhere close to the latter in terms of leadership qualities.

He made these comments following Mr Akufo-Addo’s claims that President Mahama’s stay in office had proven that he had no vision to move Ghana forward and could not be trusted to turn around Ghana’s dwindling fortunes.

At an NPP branch meeting in Paris, on Saturday May 28, Mr Akufo-Addo said: “The mismanagement [of the economy] is the reason why, today, we are back with the IMF. We are going to change the fortunes of our country and put it back on the road of prosperity and to progress”.

“Cote d’Ivoire, five or six years ago, was coming from civil war. The election in 2010 led to 100,000 displaced people, 3,000 people were killed as a result of the election between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara. In five years, because of good, strong leadership, Cote d’Ivoire is today the number one investment destination in Africa. They are growing at 9 per cent a year and we are growing at 3.9 per cent. Last year, Cote d’Ivoire earned over $12billion in exports of its agricultural products. In the same time, we earned $2billion,” the former Attorney General added.

He assured the gathering that the NPP’s main focus, under his leadership, would be the revival of Ghana’s industry, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors, which will be key towards generating the hundreds of thousands of jobs required by the teeming masses of unemployed Ghanaian youth, as well as returning Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity.

Reacting to these comments on TV3 on Sunday May 29, Mr Adams noted: “Every day he [Nana Addo] speaks, he gives credence to those who continue to say that this man no longer knows what is happening in this country, so, he just gets out there and gathers information to put out without checking,” adding: “It is good that he is talking about leadership and that we must start assessing our leaders and we will put the two [Mr Akufo-Addo and President John Mahama] [side by side], at least, and assess them.

“Of course we will not be able to assess Nana Akufo Addo as president of the republic because he will not get the opportunity to serve as president, but, at least, we can assess him as leader of a political party and, clearly, in today’s Ghana, the NPP, which was built into a formidable political party, has clearly been disintegrated through the actions, initiatives, directions of Nana Akufo-Addo. The NPP today is a party that anybody within it fears to speak his mind knowing too well that the next thing that will be visited on him will either be an acid bath, stabbing, or being killed in the night when he is expected to be resting,” Mr Adams said, adding: “That is the type of leadership that he [Akufo-Addo] is offering.”

On the other hand, the NDC national executive highlighted that Ghana under President Mahama had seen tremendous development, a situation he said Mr Akufo-Addo seemed unaware of.

“[The] countries he [Akufo-Addo] is comparing [Ghana] to, like Cote d’Ivoire, did not start growing without methodic investment in areas that are vital. We [Government] are investing in health care, we are investing in our road infrastructure, we are building interchanges to connect various cities to make it easier for people to be able to move, we are building the energy sector of this country,” Mr Adams highlighted.

“Indeed, La Cote d’Ivoire that he is talking about is envious of Ghana’s investment in gas processing because they have not been able to achieve that. We are investing in agriculture, in the area of education, reviving collapsed industry.”

To further demonstrate that President Mahama is developing the country, Mr Adams noted that “tomorrow [Monday] God willing, His Excellency the President will be in Komenda to commission a sugar processing factory that will be creating over 7,000 jobs directly and indirectly”.

“There are many factories that have been revamped, shoe factories, cement factories and others. So, what is Nana Addo talking about?” he asked.

Source: ClassFMonline.com



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