NPP is out of touch -General Mosquito
The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Aseidu Nketia, has said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has lost touch with the realities on the ground, as far as the woes of Ghanaians are concerned.
He explained that the era where political parties drafted manifestoes without getting in touch with the masses on the ground was past.
Reiterating advice his father gave him, General Mosquito underscored that education does not make one superior than the other.
Owing to the way and manner at which the NPP approach challenges bedeviling Ghana, he was sure the NPP is cut out of the reality on the ground.
This, Asiedu Nketiah noted, was what happens when one believes schooling makes him superior to his fellow, emphasising, “school does not undo stupidity.”
According to him, the bottom up approach of the NDC, whereby they went and listened to the woes and ideas of Ghanaians to write their manifesto, is better and has made them touch base with Ghanaians.
He stated: “We cannot know and understand the woes of Ghanaians by sitting in our respective places of abode, so we have to go to them and listen to them, and understand their worries. “Indeed, if we intend to serve Ghanaians, we must not shy away from understanding the woes of Ghanaians.”
The chief scribe of the NDC argued that the NDC did not just blurt out the okada campaign policy to Ghanaians, but the okada policy was derived from calls made by Ghanaians when they embarked on their Speak Out campaign.
Backing his claims on the okada politics, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, largely known as General Mosquito, argued that the NPP government, led by Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, came and declared that they would not legalise okada today or tomorrow, and that rather the government would replace okada with taxis, “but the other day, when I got to Manso Adubia, I asked the masses of Adubia if Bawumia has been there to access their transportation predicament, because of the poor nature of their roads, which has made okada operational in the area.”
He stated that the NDC was teased when they informed Ghanaians about their intention to legalise okada in Ghana, and that they were lampooned as a political party bereft of ideas, hence, “our intention to go to drivers, head porters and other people for ideas.”
In an interview he granted on Kumasi-based ANGEL FM Morning Show, General Mosquito declared that if elections were held today, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would garner 45% of the total votes cast, however, he expressed worry about the Electoral Commission (EC) saying they were listening to their pleas, and this had affected their trust for the EC.
Mr. John Asiedu Nketia and other top NDC bigwigs, including Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, are in the Ashanti Region to campaign for votes ahead of the December polls.
John Asiedu Nketiah told the listeners that all seized excavators would be returned to their rightful owners when voted into power.
Touching on the Big Push Developmental Initiative by the NDC, he noted that the initiative seeks to bridge the infrastructural deficit in Ghana, stressing that infrastructural developments lead to economic development.
According to him, “Ghana needs to step up at the rate at which we are developing our infrastructure, else it will take Ghana several years to attain minimum infrastructures to attain economic developments.” He noted job creation as some of the benefits of the Big Push.
Taking a swipe at Vice President Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, General Mosquito argued that he had abandoned his core duties as head of the security agencies, and was now attempting to take over the job of the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta.
He bemoaned that there were serious issues in the security agencies, citing the Police Service as a prime example, where it is difficult for a police officer to be given clearance to go for further training, adding that the non-recognition of certificates by the Ghana Police Service was de-moralising the officers, which Bawumia must confront.