NPP descends on John Mahama over referendum betrayal Featured

By By Kwasi Frimpong December 03, 2019 3067 1051 comments

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has chided the former President and leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, over his “unprincipled and indecisive” stance on the aborted December 17 referendum.

At a press conference yesterday addressed by the party’s general secretary, John Boadu, the NPP referred to the former President as a man who does not stick to principles and cannot make up his mind, not even on what is good for his country.

Called off

The governing party was reacting to the calling off of the December 17 referendum by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the simultaneous directive to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, to withdraw the bill seeking to amend Article 243 (1) of the constitution.

Calling off the referendum on Sunday, the President said, among other things, that the unfortunate decision by the main opposition NDC to break the consensus reached on the matter had poisoned the national environment necessary for amending an entrenched clause of the constitution.

He further said that he will only activate another process for amendment of an entrenched clause of the constitution if there is a broad and clear national consensus.


The President said, as part of the efforts towards building a national consensus for the referendum, he sought and got the support of his three predecessors, former Presidents John Jerry Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama, for these constitutional amendments. This was within the first three months of President Akufo-Addo assuming office.

Subsequently, both the President and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development undertook consultations to secure a national consensus on the exercise.

NDC’s U-turn

President Akufo-Addo regretted that even though the NDC had supported the process since its inception, inside and outside Parliament, the party decided to leave the consensus table and initiate a campaign for No vote.

The sudden U-turn, the NPP said, is “nothing else but an unpatriotic betrayal of the Ghanaian people”.

“It is yet another clear sign of the lack of leadership at the very top of the main opposition party in Ghana,” said the party’s general secretary, John Boadu.

Indecisive Mahama

Mr Boadu further said that not only does the NDC’s U-turn show Mr Mahama’s lack of leadership, but it also reinforces the former President’s confession in his autobiography that he is an “indecisive” person.

“The leader and 2020 presidential candidate of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, has once again lived up to his own description of himself in his autobiography: indecisive.

“He cannot take a decision and stick to it. John Mahama is not a leader because he does not stick to principles and cannot make up his mind even on what is good for his country,” Mr Boadu said.

Alluding to the President’s meeting with his three predecessors, Mr Boadu said that Mr Mahama told President Akufo-Addo, in the presence of Messrs Rawlings and Kufuor in April 2017, that he was in full support of the reforms that would introduce multiparty democracy to the local government system.

Why the flip-flop?

Mr Boadu therefore questioned what could have made Mr Mahama change his mind barely four weeks to the aborted polls.

“Can he explain why the sudden flip-flop? It can be nothing but yet [more] evidence of his weakness as a leader.

“It sends a clear message that John Dramani Mahama has still not changed and should not be expected for change,” Mr Boadu said.

The NPP general secretary further said the former President’s sudden flip-flop proves that he is not trustworthy, and cannot be trusted in 2020.

He described Mr Mahama as someone who is desperate for power, adding that nothing else matters in his quest for that power.

“A leader who cannot take decisions that will transform the course of his developing nation is not what Ghana deserves. He lacks conviction and commitment,” the NPP general secretary said.

Support and commendation

The NPP further threw its weight behind the President for giving the directive for the withdrawal of the bill that seeks to amend Article 243 (1).

The party said that, given the NDC’s unpredictable and indecisive leadership, it supports the President’s approach to withdraw the bill while the conversation goes on, saying, “It is in the national interest that the conversation goes on.”

The NPP commended the President for maintaining the need to secure true multiparty democratic practice in Ghana by agreeing, among other things, to devolve part of his appointing powers back to the people in order to democratise the nation’s local governance regime fully and thus strengthen decentralisation.

“The NPP hopes that sooner than later, a broad national consensus will be arrived at for these amendments to be carried through for the love of God and country,” Mr Boadu concluded.

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