Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has entreated members of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to cultivate the habit of reading in order to understand issues happening in the country.
Describing the NDC as incompetent, Dr. Bawumia alleged that the opposition party’s refusal to read is causing more harm than good because of the utterances they make on national and critical issues.
Using Asiedu Nketia as a typical example to back his claim, the Vice President said the NDC General Secretary’s bad reading habits and lack of understanding caused him to embarrass himself and mislead Ghanaians on the Supreme Court’s ruling concerning the new voters’ register.
The NDC General Secretary, minutes after the Supreme Court gave its verdict on the new voters’ register, said his party had been vindicated because the apex court ruled in their favour by calling for the inclusion of the existing voter ID card as one of the source documents for registration during the upcoming voter’s registration exercise; a relief which the court did not grant.
“…the court has just delivered the verdict which has granted our request for the inclusion of the existing voter card as breeder document for the compilation of the new voters’ register. We feel vindicated,” he told the media at the forecourt of the Supreme court.
But Dr. Bawumia speaking at the ceremony to acclaim President Akufo-Addo as flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party said Asiedu Nketia goofed because he doesn’t read, hence, the reason he gave wrong interpretations of the ruling.
While urging the NDC to read more, he advised them to try and understand what they also read else it will be useless.
“I know they don’t read but I entreat them to take a look at the data to get better informed on our performance vis a vis theirs. They should not only read the data but they should try to understand it so that they don’t mislead Ghanaians like their mosquito general tried to do after the verdict at the Supreme Court on Thursday,” Dr. Bawumia said.
According to the Vice President, “If they study the data they will realise that for our first time in office we have not just performed better but we have performed overwhelmingly better across the board. Any claim to better management of the economy must ultimately reflect in the lives of the people.”
He further indicated that the governing NPP has delivered 78 percent of its promises which reflects in the livelihood of Ghanaians.
“We have delivered and are delivering of at least 78 percent of our promises we made to the people of Ghana and across the spectrum of economic and social policies. We have not only delivered on our promises, we have performed much better than the incompetent alternative,” he said.
Comparing the NPP’s 4 years in office to NDC’s 8 years, Dr. Bawumia wondered why the main opposition still wants to come back into power knowing how abysmally they performed while in government.
Dr. Bawumia noted, “They say we have short memories but I don’t think you can say that about the elephant. We recall that after 8 years in office the results of their economic mismanagement was declining growth, high and constantly rising inflation, rapidly depreciating currencies, loss of business confidence, high unemployment, dumsor…finally they ended with IMF for a bailout. Notwithstanding this abysmal performance in office, they are still trying to make a comeback to give us an additional dose of their incompetence.”