GHANA: ‘Corruption tag’, personal attacks caused Mahama’s defeat – Nyaho Tamakloe
In his estimation former President, John Dramani Mahama gave off his best as Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, propaganda by the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and attacks on corruption caused his downfall that is according to Dr Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) elder told the Politics and Power Magazine Mahama was of the view the work he did would speak for itself but that was never to be as opponents went into town drumming and singing to a different in order to paint him black.
“I think Mahama, even though he is a communicator, thought the work he had done would speak for itself. And as such, the strong promises (I don’t want to use the word ‘propaganda’), the strong promises put by the then opposition and the attack on him worked. The attacks on corruption and the need to have a change led to Mahama’s downfall. They felt he came to continue Atta Mills’ reign and he had another full term himself; he had done enough and there was the need for a change. However, what really brought him down was the opposition repeatedly tagging him with negative things which unfortunately his party couldn’t absolve him of”, he revealed.
While observing that the NPP in opposition was desperate for power he stated that they launch on to every available opportunity to convince Ghanaians to make Mahama unpopular in order to bring down his administration.
“The opposition was then desperate for power so anything that they will do that will convince the people, they will do. Look at free education, they brought it in and people believed; free this, free that, one community, one this; these are all things that are constraints in the African setting so you come and tell him that you will give free this, free that and then you paint black the leader then, naturally they will try you and see what you can do and that is what we are in now”, he intimated.