Former President John Dramani Mahama has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of going back on his oath of office and violating the 1992 Constitution of Ghana in his admission of neglecting the Ekumfi constituency in the Central Region.
According to the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), the statement is ‘unfortunate’ and partisan.
“President Akufo-Addo has a penchant for making such partisan statements, as we witnessed recently during his visit to flood victims in Mepe,” Mr. Mahama said in reaction to the unpopular statement by the President in a Facebook post.
With reference to Article 36 (2)(d) of the constitution and the oath of office, he criticized the 79-year-old head of state.
“His actions contradict the oath he swore as President to do justice to all manner of persons.”
“Let me also remind him of chapter six of our constitution, specifically Article 36, Clause 2(d), which stipulates the need for governments to undertake ‘… even and balanced development of all regions and every part of each region of Ghana, and, in particular, improving the conditions of life in the rural areas, and generally, redressing any imbalance in development between the rural and the urban areas.”
President Akufo-Addo has come under fire after admitting he intentionally ignored the Ekumfi Constituency due to their decision to vote out the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) candidate in the 2020 general elections.
He said this when some family members of late former President John Evans Atta visited the President at the Jubilee House on January 12 and among other things decried underdevelopment in the district.