Former President John Dramani Mahama has rejected claims by some Ghanaians that politicians are just group of people who always lie to win power.
In his view, that notion is wrong, arguing not all politicians lie to win power.
Addressing delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Gushegu as part of his Northern Regional campaign tour, Mr Mahama claimed the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has developed the penchant for lying to win power.
“If because you want to win power you make lofty promises, what you do is to shake the confidence of the people in democratic governance. So today you hear people say I won’t even vote again because politicians don’t tell the truth. Don’t say politicians don’t tell the truth, but say NPP don’t tell the truth”, he said.
Mr Mahama added: “the NPP in 2016 promised to provide every district with a factory, provide every village with a dam, provide 1 million dollars to every constituency and provide jobs to the teeming unemployed youth among many other lofty promises”.
He noted that after assuming power for nearly half of its four-year term, those promises are yet to be fulfilled, while Ghanaians continue to face hardships in their daily living.
Mr Mahama disclosed that unlike the NPP, the NDC only promises what it can do and mentioned fulfilled promises such as the Eastern Corridor road which has now been abandoned by the government, building hospitals and CHPS compounds and expanding educational infrastructure like the E-Block Community Day Schools, among many others.
He noted that building social and economic infrastructure such as the NDC did, is the surest way to transform any economy and promised to continue when the party wins power in the 2020 election.
Mr Mahama is promising to work hard to reduce the high cost of living and provide jobs for the people when elected.