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We doubt NDC will launch manifesto on Monday, says Buaben Asamoa

The NPP’s communications director mocks the NDC, arguing that its failure to produce a plan of action for Election 2020 shows an indecisive party that wouldn’t know what to do with power

The New Patriotic Party has cast doubt on the ability of the National Democratic Congress to launch its manifesto as promised on Monday.

The scepticism is in response to the NDC’s latest postponement of its manifesto launch from 31 August to 7 September.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, the NPP’s director of communications, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, described the NDC flagbearer as indecisive.

No sense of priorities

“Months before COVID-19 had changed the world, John Mahama’s NDC set out on a perilous journey of trying to find out what Ghanaians want.

“After 16 years of NDC and a 28-year-old republic, and six of those years as Government Official 1 and final decision-maker in Ghana, [Mahama] is still struggling to find out what Ghana’s governance priorities are,” he said.

“On 1 July 2020 the whole world was told that Candidate Mahama had received the ‘People’s Manifesto’. He said he would launch it in August. Nobody forced him to say August – he said it himself.”

Running away from a promise

Buaben Asamoa also accused the NDC of deliberately and repeatedly postponing the dates for the launch to give the party the chance to rewrite its manifesto.

He said “When the NPP announced 22 August as the date for the launch of our manifesto, the whole world was told they will launch theirs on 29 August.

“Then came the bomb. This hit them so hard [that] they hurriedly postponed the 29th to 31 August 2020.

“As we speak, we are not sure whether it will happen on 7 September 2020, as nobody seems ready to make an official promise. We are still sure they will not be able to launch it sooner or later.

“We knew they had to listen to commentary and criticism after ours [the NPP’s Leadership of Service: Protecting our Progress, Transforming Ghana for All] to rewrite their manifesto,” Buaben Asamoa said.

Fred Dzakpata

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