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Jubilee House not a correctional facility, Akufo-Addo to Mahama

President Akufo-Addo says his main contender in the 2020 presidential race, John Mahama, cannot use the Office of the President as a remedial center

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has taken yet another jab at the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, noting that the Office of the President is not a correctional facility.

According to him, Mahama cannot toy with the highest office of the land, assuming he can return anytime to correct mistakes he made while in office.

Mahama, who was at the Office of the President between 2009 and 2017, is eyeing a return, promising to correct his previous mistakes that resulted in a humiliating defeat in the 2016 polls. He served as vice president under the late former President, Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills, from 7 January 2009 till July 2012, and subsequently as President from July 2012 to 2017.

Mahama’s unthinkable request

Speaking to chiefs, identifiable groups and residents of Oduman, in the Amasaman Constituency, in the Greater Accra Region as part of his two-day campaign tour, Akufo-Addo observed that the request of Mahama amounts to taking the country’s presidency for granted. He added that it is a sign of someone who does not attach seriousness to the Presidency of Ghana.

“I have heard my main opponent in the December 2020 Presidential race going round and making wild promises to his audience. However, he has refused to talk about the fact that he is not new to the Office of the President because he has occupied the Office before, but he failed Ghanaians and he was booted out,” Akufo-Addo said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo

He added: “I have heard him say he made mistakes while he was in office so he wants a new opportunity to correct his mistakes. Can the seat of the Presidency of Ghana be used for trial and error? The Presidency of Ghana is not for trial and error. It is not a place for correcting mistakes. It is a place for working, positive work and positive contribution to the development of our country.”

The president’s itinerary

President Akufo-Addo as part of his two-day campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region commissioned the first phase of the Obetsebi Lamptey interchange in the Okaikwei Central Constituency.

In the Trobu Constituency which was the next stop of the President, he interacted with Chiefs, identifiable groups and residents of the area.

The last part of the President’s campaign tour for the day in the Greater Accra Region took him to the Amasaman Constituency. At Amasaman, the President interacted with identifiable groups and the residents of the area. At Kotoku, the President also addressed the Chiefs, identifiable groups and residents of the area.

On day two of his campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region, he will visit Dansoman Roundabout in the Ablekuma West Constituency, Mallam Market, Sakaman in the Ablekuma North Constituency, Agbogbloshie Market in the Ablekuma Central and Odododiodoo Constituencies, Dome Market in the Dome/Kwabena Constituency and attend two separate durbars at Ashongman and Atomic Park both in the Dome/Kwabena Constituency and end with a whistle stop at American House in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.

Wilberforce Asare

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