Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has cautioned former President John Mahama to desist from campaigning on tribal lines insisting it that will not win him the elections.
Dr. Bawumia said this year’s elections will be based on individual records and achievements when they were given the mandate to lead the people of Ghana.
He said Ghanaians will juxtapose records of both the NDC and NPP to decide on who to elect.
Dr. Bawumia currently on tour in the Northern Region said this when he addressed the Chiefs and people of Gushegu on September 6, 2020.
His comments come on the back after President Akufo Addo’s criticism of Mr. Mahama, for allegedly fanning ethnocentric comments when he said called those involved in the Agyapa deal as “Akyem Sakawa’ boys.
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) shared a post by Bolgatanga Central MP Isaac Adongo which called Akyems ‘mafia’ and accused President Akufo-Addo and his kith of forming a families-and-friends cartel to capture the mineral resources of the state via the deal.
These comments have been condemned by the NPP leadership and Dr. Bawumia says John Mahama can’t win an election on tribalism.
“This election is going to be fought on our records, not on tribalism and my message to John Mahama is that you cannot win the Presidency with tribalism. Ghana has gone beyond tribalism.”
“Come and show your competence in the delivery to the people of Ghana. Because you don’t have competence, you are resorting to tribalism.”
He added that this is a clear indication that John Mahama is a divisive person hence Ghanaians must not vote for him in the December polls, and he must apologize for the comments.
“We don’t want a president who divides. We want a president who unites and so the recent utterance by John Mahama referring to Akyems as Sakawa boys; how do you take a whole tribe and say they are sakawa. We will not stand for tribalism, and so we will continue to call on John Mahama to apologize unreservedly for what he has endorsed.”
President Akufo-Addo has already slammed Mahama for what he calls ethnocentric comments but the former President has denied making such distasteful comment and says he will be the last person to do so.
He also called on Civil Society Organisations and institutions to come out and condemn the comments which he believes is healthy for the growth of the nation.