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“Our president keeps blaming his failures on those who he claims do not vote for him” – Prof Opoku-Agyemang

The running mate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 elections, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, has for expressed concern over President Akufo-Addo’s consistent tendency to attribute his failures to those who do not vote his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

In a Twitter post, Professor Opoku-Agyemang also highlighted instances where President Akufo-Addo ignored his responsibilities towards such people and in some cases allegedly shifted blame onto them.

Notably, the president’s response to Torgbui Adzonu-Gaga Amenya Fiti V, the Paramount Chief from Aflao, regarding the completion of an e-block, drew attention.

See the president’s response in the video below.

A similar reaction was noted in response to the displaced and traumatised people in the flooded areas of the Volta Region.

President Akufo-Addo told the victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage in Mepe, Volta Region, that he had visited to offer sympathy even though the residents in that area do not vote for his political party.

“I came here because Ghanaians are having difficulties and are suffering, and it is my responsibility to try and help. Because if it is a question of counting who votes for me and who doesn’t vote for me, then I shouldn’t be here,” he said.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang also pointed out what the President told the Ekumfi people recently, when they visited him at the Jubilee House to appeal for development projects in their area.

The President admitted that he had overlooked development in Ekumfi because the constituents in the 2020 general elections voted out Francis Ato Cudjoe, whom he had appointed as Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development.

“Ato Cudjoe was your MP and I made him a Deputy Minister and you voted him out in the last elections and because of that, I did not pay attention to development in your area, I have to be honest with you but since you have brought it up I will pay attention to it,” the President said.

This statement has sparked outrage among some Ghanaians, who have accused the President of being vindictive, divisive and unfair.

One striking paradox noted by Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang was the constant complaints of neglect from the people of the Ashanti Region, a stronghold where the president’s party supposedly gains the majority of its votes. This led to speculation about the actual source of the “massive votes” the president receives.

The professor expressed anticipation for the president’s response to his stronghold and questioned whether it would differ from previous reactions. She particularly highlighted the president’s statement to the people of Kwabre, where he asserted that it was none of his business if they voted for the NDC. The NDC, in contrast, welcomed votes from all citizens, emphasizing their commitment to collaboration for the collective goal of building the desired Ghana.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang also brought attention to the president’s recent statement to the Ekumfi people during their visit to the Jubilee House, where he admitted overlooking development in the area due to the voting out of Francis Ato Cudjoe in the 2020 general elections. The president’s acknowledgment sparked outrage, with some Ghanaians accusing him of being vindictive, divisive, and unfair.

The post underscored the need for a more inclusive and non-partisan approach to national development, calling for collaboration to build a better Ghana.

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