20 September 2012

Ghana: President Is Abusing Incumbency - Alex Asabre

Mr. Alex Asabre, Chairman of the United Kingdom (UK)-based Ghana Democratic Movement and an international politician, has criticised President John Dramani Mahama for abusing incumbency with his recent thank you tour of the country.

The President had embarked on tours across the country and outside the country to thank the chiefs, visitors and the entire country for their support during the burial rites of the late President John Evans Atta Mills.

But, Mr. Alex Asabre says the President's statements during the tour clearly indicate that he was on a campaign tour more than a thank you tour.

Mr. Asabre further argues that the President could have delegated his regional ministers and district chief executives to do the thanking of chiefs and people in the various regions, while Ghana's ambassadors outside the country do same on behalf of the government.

According to him, the President's choice to vacate the seat of government to campaign under the pretext of a thank you tour with state funds was most unfortunate.

Mr. Asabre said this blatant abuse of incumbency was an affront to Ghana's quest in building a solid democracy.

He said that for the December elections to be peaceful and devoid of confusion, an environment for fair competition must be seen to have been created.

Commenting on the creation of the 45 new constituencies by the Electoral Commission, he said the timing for the creation of the districts was wrong, as it could trigger confusion and electoral disputes in the coming election.

He thus advised that the process be halted to ensure peaceful elections.

The international business mogul, also waded into the controversies surrounding the secret recording in which the National Organiser of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Yaw Boateng Gyan, planned with some party members to infiltrate National Security with party faithful in the coming elections, by issuing them with party identity cards.

The tape also reveals how the operation would be funded by the Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Asabre, however, believes that if this had happened in any western country, the Minister of Finance would have resigned, and the National Organiser of the NDC arrested for questioning.

He expressed surprise at the posture of the National Security Coordinator, Col. Gbevlo Lartey (rtd), on the issue.

He, thus, called for thorough investigations into the matter, and Mr. Boateng Gyan brought to book.

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