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Former President John Dramani Mahama and now the 2020 Flagbearer of the NDC has proven time and again that he is a tribal bigot, he is feckless and reckless. Ghana should not allow such a person with that character trait to ever lead the country again.
His repugnant attacks, as characterized by his reference to some persons of Akyem descent as “Akyem Mafias” is reckless and irresponsible, and this behavior of his did not just begin.
He has demonstrated systemically that he is tribalistic, pretends to like Ashantis, Akyems and Akans in general, but in actual fact he does not like them due to his own insecurities and complexes.
What is in John Mahama was what came out when he decided to retweet a bigoted attack from his compatriot Isaac Adongo. Not only has he refused to disassociate himself from the said reprehensible comments, he has arrogantly doubled down on his intention to insult the good people of Akyem; including describing Akyem Abuakwa as “galamsay headquarters” with no evidence. He has also been jabbing the President Nana Akufo-Addo for having the moral right to complain to the Catholic Bishops Conference and other civil society and for condemning such reckless rhetoric, calling it bad leadership.
John Mahama in his days as a member of Parliament, ridiculed a colleague member of parliament of Ashanti descent, for having a problem with pronunciation and laughing about it – engaging in such reckless behavior on the floor of the chamber with the intention of demeaning the colleague and his tribe.
During the 2016 campaign, John Mahama stated unapologetically in Kumasi how ungrateful the Ashantis were and will be even if he was to pave their streets with gold, when in fact Ashanti Region gives the NDC the highest number of votes, second to the Volta Region.
John Mahama and his NDC took the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu to the cleaners when the overlord of the Ashanti Kingdom painstakingly narrated the collapse of AngloGold Ashanti. The then government of John Mahama refused to offer help when the Asantehene asked for it and he and his NDC proceeded to mock the great king for crying foul. The wise King recently asked why the entire NDC leadership and their flag bearer have failed to come see him since they left power. They shamefully could not find any convincing reason to give the Otumfuo.
This type of rhetoric reveals John Mahama’s deep rooted hatred for Ashantis, Akyems and Akans in general. It is without a doubt that during political campaigning, “swipes” are often taken at opponents every now and then, but this can be done without attacks on the religion, race and ethnicity of individual Ghanaians.
Sadly, instead of retracting his distasteful and divisive remarks, he rather justifies it with impudence. Every time he has had the opportunity to unite, he always finds a way to rather disparage people and groups.
We have not forgotten John Mahama’s infamous, “I am a Northerner so vote for me” statement – placing emphasis on tribal associations as the criteria for voting and not on the objective criteria of what he can do for the country as President.
We have tolerated the recklessness of John Mahama for far too long and it’s about time the good people of Ghana, come December 7, 2020, vote against him to let him know that Ghanaians have had enough of his recklessness and tribal bigotry.