Former President John Mahama has challenged President Nana Akufo-Addo to prove to Asanteman that he has not disappointed them after the region overwhelmingly endorsed him with their votes in the 2016 polls.
He says Akufo-Addo’s achievements cannot be found in the Ashanti Region where the ruling NPP always get most of its votes from, adding that the people are asking to know the projects the government has done in its stronghold.
“The NPP have been in power for [almost] 4 years…Most of the time the people of Ashanti give them about 70% of the votes in this region,” Mahama noted and said despite the loyalty of the inhabitants of the region, Akufo-Addo has failed to share the national cake equally in the region.
To him, although the region does not vote massively for his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), his administration brought development to the region and embarked on several projects that are having a great impact on the people.
“Ashantis want to know what he [Akufo-Addo] has done for them,” Mahama said in an interview with Eric Ahianyo on TV XYZ.
The Kejetia market project that has modernised retailing in the second largest city in the country and the rehabilitation of the Kumasi Airport are some of the projects that stand tall among the numerous projects of the NDC in the region.
However, Mahama said the NPP government has failed to emulate what his administration did in the region and stressed that while on a campaign tour of the region, the people keep expressing their disappointment in the Akufo-Addo government and asking that they [the NPP government] show them the work done for the Ashantis.
Mr Mahama has been clear about some of the projects he undertook in the Ashanti Region. On the second day of his tour of the region, the NDC leader visited Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the overlord of Asanteman and listed some of his achievements in the region.
Mr Mahama made a strong case for his party and said as president, he was able to put up several markets in the Ashanti Region, including the Kejetia market, which he described as “the most beautiful market in the whole of West Africa”.
The other markets Mr Mahama listed were the Tafo, Asawase and Atonsu markets.
Health and Road Sector Achievements
Listing his achievements in the health sector for the region, Mr Mahama said he left Asanteman four hospitals: Seiwua Hospital, Afari Military Hospital, Fomena Hospital and Bekwai Hospital. The NPP government has refused to complete some of the projects.
In the roads sector, the NDC flagbearer mentioned the Asawase town roads, Suame town roads, Tafo town roads and the Kenyasi roads to his government’s credit.
Other roads he listed included the High School Junction-Gyinase road, Bunso-High School road, Kotei-Ayiduase-Campus road, Emena-Buadi road, Apromase-Ejisu road, Bonwire Junction-Bonwire road, Aprede-Parkuso road, Tikrom Bawuro-Antoa road, Bekwai town roads, New Edubiase town roads, Bonfa Junction-Asiwa road, Bekwai-Asiwa road, Kumawu-Drobonso road, and Tepa Manfo-Subrisu-Fante road.
“These were real projects I executed for Asanteman as president”, Mahama told Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and added they were minus the CHPS Compounds, and other projects undertaken by the various district assemblies which includes schools.
He said all these projects were verifiable at their various locations unlike his opponents in the NPP who are only boasting of toilet facilities they have not been able to pay for despite the huge loans the Akufo-Addo government is securing.