- "Today he [John Mahama] says he brought free SHS, how possible. It is unacceptable that a whole former president would seek to come back to office based on lies and disinformation."
President Akufo-Addo says he is shocked by claims made by former president John Mahama, that he introduced Free SHS in Ghana.
The Free SHS programme was a flagship campaign promise of the then Akufo-Addo campaign ahead of the 7 December 2016 general elections.
The Akufo-Addo-led administration subsequently implemented the policy nine months after assuming office in 2017 and the programme is currently in its third year of implementation.
“I heard something yesterday that really shocked me. Do you remember my opponent [John Mahama] said I was deceiving Ghanaians when I said I will implement Free SHS if I win the election? He said I was looking for votes that is why I am making the promise of implementing Free SHS. He even said if he has GHC2 billion, he will not pay school fees with that but will do something more profitable,” President Akufo-Addo said.
“Today he [John Mahama] says he brought Free SHS, how possible. It is unacceptable that a whole former president would seek to come back to office based on lies and disinformation. All his false claims are premised on the fact that his campaign is crashing on him,” Akufo-Addo further observed while addressing traders and drivers at the Odokor Market in a whistle-stop, as part of day two of his two-day campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region.
The president on day one visited the Kaneshie Market, Kokompe Market, Abeka Market, Anyaa Sowutuom Market, among others. On day two, President Akufo-Addo visited the Mallam, Sakaman, Agbogbloshie and the Dome markets.
In his message to traders, drivers and residents, President Akufo-Addo consistently maintained that his main opponent in the 2020 general elections, Mahama, whose abysmal performance in office from 2009 to 2017, resulted in Ghanaians kicking him out of office in the 2016 elections.
He said a Mahama return will send Ghana back to the dark days of ‘dumsor’ and economic hardship.
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