Quashigah challenges Kufuor’s claim

Richard Quashigah, NDC National Propaganda Secretary (left), Former President John Agyekum Kufuor (right)

THE NATIONAL Propaganda Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Richard Quashigah  says the statement attributed to President John Agyekum Kufuor on the development  of this country in the New Patriotic Party Administration, could not represent the truth.

A press statement issued by Mr. Quashigah lamented that “if indeed Mr. Kufuor believed in what he said, then it is not only self deception, but a fantasy.”

According to the statement, former President Kufuor stated at his 72nd birthday celebration that “his government was the best Ghana has ever experienced since independence.”

The statement expected the former President to justify his claims with what it described as concrete facts and evidence. In this case, it continued that “it would have afforded us all to subject his claim to proper analysis as to whether, indeed, he was the best President since independence.”

Furthermore, the press release argued that by such assertions, Mr. Kufuor implied that he even performed better than Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who was touted as one of Africa’s best leaders.

“Is Mr. Kufuor saying he was better than Mr. Rawlings, under whose watch, according to a 2005 Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) report, titled ‘Globalization, Employment and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Ghana”, was credited for resuscitating in the 80s, a collapsing Ghanaian economy,” it questioned.

“It does appear that Mr. J. A. Kufuor is consistently displaying his penchant for misleading the Ghanaian society with obvious untruths. It will be recalled that a few months ago, Mr. J. A. Kufuor denied his authorization for acquisition of the two presidential airplanes while in office.  Unfortunately for him, it turned out that his assertion was wrong, as documents proved that he indeed ordered for two planes for presidential use, but actually paid for one,” the statement said.

It mentioned that former President Kufuor’s request to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to catalogue and advertise his eight years achievements as President of the country, would not make any difference to bring the party to power in the 2012 general elections.

The first four years of the Kufuor led administration, according to the statement, was a dull and a wobbling period and retorted that if the Kufuor led administration had something to show during the eight-year period, the citizenry would not have voted the NPP out in the 2008 polls.

“This call by Mr. J. A. Kufuor for touting his  so called ‘achievements’ could in another vein be interpreted as a panic response, following the publication of a document which outlined a two year impressive achievements of the Mills led government, which far outweighed the performance of the first four-year term of the Kufuor led administration.”

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