In a compelling defense of the New Patriotic Party’s administration, Akbar Yussif Rohullah Khomeini, a private lawyer and esteemed personal assistant, staunchly argues that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has effectively delivered on 70% of its campaign promises to the Ghanaian people.
Engaging in a televised debate on Key Issues on TV3 over the weekend, Akbar challenged those opposing Bawumia’s leadership while supporting former President Mahama, particularly on the grounds of unmet promises. He criticized Mahama for promising “energy for all” and delivering what he termed as ‘dumsor for all.’
Akbar emphasized, ‘In any case, you cannot be objecting to a Bawumia leadership on grounds that he said ‘A’ and didn’t do ‘A’ while canvassing support for Mahama.’
Examining the NPP’s pledges to the Ghanaian electorate, Akbar acknowledged that while 70% of the over 500 promises were fulfilled, there was an admission that over 30% were left unfulfilled. He argued that this acknowledgment was not unique to the NPP and that unmet promises were a common aspect of politics in the country.
In highlighting the unfulfilled promises of former President Mahama, Akbar pointed to promises such as achieving 40% representation of women in government, passing the Rights to Information Bill, and building a stronger resilient economy. He underscored that what transpired was ‘dumsor for all’ during Mahama’s tenure.
Addressing the state of the energy sector before the National Democratic Congress (NDC) exited power, Akbar disputed the notion that the crisis was resolved, asserting that the country continued to experience an energy crisis in the early months of 2017.
Akbar challenged the idea that undelivered campaign promises alone should be a basis for rejecting a presidential candidate, stating, ‘So there’s no politician in this country for whom unfulfilled promises cannot qualify as a basis to reject a presidential candidate. Otherwise, all those running for president in 2024 will not be able to contest.’
‘Mr. Mahama told us that we’re going to have 40% representation of women in his government. It didn’t happen. He told us that he was going to pass the Rights to Information Bill. It didn’t happen. He told us that he was going to build a stronger resilient economy. No, no. He told us he was going to deliver a stronger resilient economy anchored on energy for all. What we got was dumsor for all for four years. He told us, he told us that he was going to deliver an annual growth rate of 8% per annum. For four years he missed that target. He told us that he was going to keep deficit under 5%, for 4 years he was not able to do it’.
He told us, interestingly, that he was going to set up a local radio station in each district of our country to carry out proceedings of our assemblies. Throughout his tenure as president, he was not able to do that. In his own Gonjadland Kingdom, he sat before the late Yagbonwura Borenyi and promised the people of the region of creating a Savannah region. He repeated it again under the late Yagbonwura Boresa. For 8 years that he was at the Jubilee House, he was unable to do it. He told us that every young able-bodied person willing and ready to work would be afforded a job under a Mahama president, for more than four years that he served as president it was only under his era that we had Unemployed Graduates’ Association’. Akbar recited.