Keep John Mahama away, says Sekou Nkrumah: he’s not forward-thinking Featured

Sekou Nkrumah, son of Ghana’s first President, has warned that Ghanaians will be making a very big mistake if they give former President John Dramani Mahama another shot at the presidency.

Sekou says the former President, who is seeking to make a comeback, does not deserve to be considered again because “his thinking is not futuristic”.

In a caution posted on his Facebook wall, Sekou added that he has no problem with another four years for the governing New Patriotic Party, under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia.

Justifying his stance, Sekou wrote, “it is not like we don’t know what JM can do. We know exactly how he performed as a leader, he brought nothing new to the table, and it was business as usually [sic]! I believe this is a deadly recipe for disaster in a developing country as ours.”

No leadership

Mr Nkrumah further argued that the opposition NDC is in dire need of “a dynamic leadership with the capacity to build”.

“And I am not talking about the so-called infrastructure the NDC [touts] as Mahama’s legacy! I am talking about building a future with a mindset of 2020 not 1920!” he declared.

“What I mean is that you don’t create a new world when your mind is still living in the past! For example, building schools for the future is not creating classroom blocks with enough room to fill [with] desks and chairs, rather for our kids to have access to technology through the digital world! Digital literacy is the way forward.”

Don’t go there

Sekou said back in 2018 that the NDC would be making a mistake if it re-elected Mr Mahama to lead the party in the 2020 elections.

He said even though NDC was suffering the effects of bankrupt leadership, it was refusing to acknowledge this and learn accordingly. He called on NDC members to wake up and “smell the coffee”.

“They thought by winning the 2012 elections everything was ok? It was not! And still after that miserable defeat in 2016 they are still unrepentant about their bankrupt leadership! How many more defeats at the polls do they need before they finally wake up and smell the coffee?” he jabbed.

On the possibility of a John Mahama candidature, he said emphatically that the former President “cannot lead the NDC anywhere”.

“Get rid of the loser fast,” he advised the party’s members.

Ardent critic

Sekou has been a consistent critic of Mr Mahama, and especially in relation to his ambition to have a second go at the presidency.

Last year, he slammed the former President for unwarranted criticism of the Akufo-Addo government.

Sekou reminded former President Mahama that Ghanaians were witnesses to everything he was able to deliver during his tenure, and urged him to be mindful of his utterances about how the current government is running Ghana’s affairs.

“I agree with most of the criticism the NDC party is throwing at the NPP, but coming from Mahama, it feels like a bad taste in the mouth! We were all in this country when his party was in power! Sir, your government was bad too!” he wrote.

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