Even as members of Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party remain resolute in demonizing former President John Dramani Mahama, describing him as the worse thing to have ever happened to the country, party leader and President of the Republic, Nana Akufo Addo has not shelved his admiration for his predecessor at Heads of State summits he has attended so far.
President Akufo-Addo, The aL-hAJJ is reliably informed, never missed opportunity sharing Ex-President John Mahama’s statesmanlike credentials with Presidents of foreign nations, if even same cannot publicly be said back home in Ghana.
Political analysts conversant with this development; in sharing their thoughts with The aL-HAJJ explained that, the president may be unable to say same back home largely due to fears of his predecessor gaining political mileage.
Deep throat sources at the seat of government, Flagstaff House, narrated to this paper how President Akufo Addo at a recent ECOWAS and AU meetings, spoke highly of Ex-President Mahama when the president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, enquired of the former President.
Apparently, the Sierra Leonean President, who has been closely following political developments in Ghana after the change of government after the 2016 elections, is well informed on how NPP government officials have been chastising former President Mahama.
To the amazement of President Koroma, the Ghanaian President, who all this while looked unconcerned as his appointees painted Mr Mahama in bad light, humiliating him and his family; said his predecessor “is a very good man and consummate democrat who placed his country’s interest above his own interest by accepting results of the last election”, a source revealed.
According to the source, President Akufo-Addo happily told President Koroma that he has since his election as President maintained cordial and warm relationship with his immediate predecessor.
Citing his recent meeting with all living past Presidents including Mahama at the Peduase lodge, our sources stated that, President Akufo-Addo told Mr Koroma that “if I have issues with Mr Mahama, I would not have called for that meeting”.
President Akufo-Addo is also reported to have given good account of Mr Mahama in interactions with Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe and Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at an ECOWAS meeting in Lome, Togo.
Former President Mahama’s acceptance of the 2016 election results and the lead role he personally played in ensuring smooth transfer of power to the NPP government, the source noted; was among highpoints that featured in President Akufo-Addo’s conversation with the Sierra Leonean President.
He was said to have praised Mr Mahama for supervising one of the best transitions in the history of Africa, insisting that his predecessor’s conduct should serve as an example worthy of emulation by all sitting African Heads of State when they fail at the polls.
What President Akufo-Addo, perhaps did not disclose to President Koroma is how leading members in his party and government have been frantically trying to humiliate the former President and his family, particularly his wife, Lordina and junior brother, Mr Ibrahim Mahama.
President Mahama and his family have become prime targets of vindictiveness by some prominent officials of President Akufo-Addo’s administration since he was sworn into office on January 7, this year.
Some of the mistreatments of Mr Mahama so far include the rejection of his (Mahama) request to be allowed to stay in his official bungalow which was earlier agreed by President Akufo-Addo before the highly respected and revered Ashanti King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu. But, in their effort to humiliate Mahama, appointees of the government later claimed in the media that the former President’s request was turned down because he wanted to purchase his official bungalow.
They have also continually accused Mr Mahama of depleting the nation’s coffers and bequeathing the NPP government with debt ridden economy without mentioning the laudable initiatives and achievements former President Mahama left behind.