Former President John Mahama has accused President Nana Akufo-Addo of taking Ghana’s democracy back almost 30 years with his government’s politicization of the nation’s institutions such as the Judiciary, Parliament, Electoral Commission, and the military, among others, describing it as a tragedy.
“The tragedy of the Akufo-Addo administration is not only the colossal debt it has saddled Ghanaians with”, he said on Facebook.
“It is not only the huge fiscal deficit he has created even before #COVID19.
“It is not only the hundreds of projects he has abandoned causing taxpayers’ money to go waste.
“It is not only his poor infrastructure record.
“This particular tragedy is in the destruction and politicisation of our institutions”, he said.
The flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress said under Mr Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s judiciary “lacks impartiality” while Parliament has become “oppressed” and the Electoral Commission “pliant”.
Additionally, he said the Auditor-General has been “hounded out of office” while the military is being “misused” and anti-corruption institutions kept “in bondage”.
Furthermore, he said the media are “intimidated” while the moral society has been left “terrified”.
“These constitute the tragedy of the four years of Akufo-Addo’s administration”, Mr Mahama said.
According to Mr Mahama, the President “has set our democracy back twenty-eight (28) years”.
“This is what makes it a patriotic duty for all patriotic Ghanaians to join hands to rescue our nation”, he urged.
“I, John Dramani Mahama”, he pledged, “will restore dignity and independence to our state institutions”.
“I will depoliticise our democratic institutions and make them work effectively and independently for all Ghanaians”, he promised.
Under him as President again, Mr Mahama said: “Ghanaians will respect the judiciary once again. Justice will be impartial and Ghanaians will be able to express themselves freely, once more, without fear of harassment or death.”