North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa refuted claims by New Patriotic Party (NPP) pillar Peter Mac Manu that the results of a recent post-election poll by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana ) were influenced by propaganda.
Mr. Ablakwa, citing the multiple scandals that were reported during President Akufo-Addo’s first term, argued that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other critics were not responsible for these misdeeds.
He further considered that the former NPP national president, seeking to pass off the responses of the CDD sample population as being influenced by NDC propaganda, was an exaggeration of fact.
âYou should be able to accept that this investigation is causing concern. We accept it, we will work on it and you can go further to talk about what you are going to do but don’t be dismissive and say this is propaganda and people are fed propaganda.
âThe PDS scandal is not propaganda, the Ameri Innovation contract which would have cost this country a loss of some 800 million dollars is not propaganda. The more than 5 million tonnes of fuel that has gone missing at BOST so far, no one has been held responsible, is not propaganda. The Australian visa scandal; it is not propaganda.
âThere have been very palpable, tangible and concrete examples of corruption. The president himself had to fire people, he had to promise investigations, except that often these investigations get us nowhere, âAblakwa said on Newsfile on Saturday.
The comments of the ranking member of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee follow the 2020 post-election CDD inquiry which found that 62% of Ghanaians don’t trust Akufo-Addo capacity of the administration to fight corruption.
In addition, 53% of those polled said they lacked confidence in the government’s ability to protect the country’s financial resources by promoting accountability in the public service.
In an earlier submission, Mr. Mac Manu suggested that these responses came only in response to persistent propaganda.
But going further in his analysis, Ablakwa said all Ghanaians had witnessed the hunt for Auditor General Daniel Domelevo, adding that “no one has been punished for the Australian visa scandal”.
Responding to the outspoken MP, NPP communications director Yaw Buaben Asamoa said without prejudice to the reported wrongdoing, that their turn may affect voter behavior.
He said the botched PDS deal, for example, is currently before the courts and that passing it off as a failure on the part of the NPP government may unfairly affect voters’ responses to the administration’s commitment to fight. against corruption.
Mr Buaben Asamoa, who was recently an MP for Adentan, said the NPP and NDC may have commented on these issues, but the stronger voice tends to sway voters, despite the veracity of the turn of the party. facts.