Mahama challenger is as comical as Akua Donkor – Kweku Baako

kbEditor-in-Chief of the Crusading Guide newspaper, says comical comments by the man who wants to challenge President Mahama for the NDC’s flagbearership, are no different from those made by Akua Donkor, leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP).

Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako Jnr said it is strange that National Democratic Congress (NDC) commentators are condemning George Boateng for his public comments when they previously defended similar outrageous statements by Akua Donkor.

“The hypocrisy, the double standard of the NDC is clear.”, he said on Joy FM and Multi TV’s Newsfile news analysis programme Saturday.

George Boateng, a 45-year-old NDC polling station executive at Oyarifa in Accra, shot to the media limelight when he picked up nomination forms last week to challenge President Mahama at the party’s primaries scheduled for November 7.

Mr. Boateng sees himself as the savior of the party and believes President Mahama does not deserve to lead the NDC into the 2016 presidential election.

George Boateng believes President John Mahama has failed to improve the lives of the poor.

But these are not the only comments that have caused a stir within the NDC, which is tactfully pushing a campaign to get President Mahama contest the presidential primaries unopposed.

Mr Boateng has also said he would work towards cultivation and exportation of marijuana to boost Ghana’s export earnings when he becomes president.

He has also said he will kill by firing squad all homosexuals in the country when he assumes the Presidency.

Akua Donkor, who is also aspiring to be president of Ghana on the ticket of the Ghana Freedom Party has also made similar comments.

Madam Donkor’s recent explanation of the cause of the country’s power challenges has been described as comical. She said dealers in generators in the country have bribed power distributor, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) cut power to consumers and compel them to buy generator sets.

Her inclusion to a trip to Rome in July, where President Mahama held bilateral talks with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, generated a lot of furore, with many questioning the value her inclusion would bring to the nation.

The Presidency defended her inclusion.

Presidential Staffer, Dr. Clement Apaak, said Akua Donkor had every qualification to be on the trip.

“First of all she is a Ghanaian citizen. She is in good standing and a national figure,” he had explained.

Dr. Apaak, however, spoke dismissively of George Boateng in Newsfile Saturday.

He said the Oyarifa polling station youth organiser lacks the mental capacity to contest for the flagbearership of the NDC.

Kwaku Baako, however, thinks there is some hypocrisy and in inconsistency in the manner in which some spokespersons of the governing NDC are regarding the two.

He said George Boateng cannot make any headway in his attempt to unseat President Mahama, and wondered why NDC commentators have been harsh and unfair in their comments about his ambitions.

“The democratic space has enough room for eccentricity and comic relief,” he noted.