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Ex Okaikwei North MP drags, dirties Mahama

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Okaikwei North, Fuseini Issah, has criticised former President John Dramani Mahama, accusing him of inconsistency.

Mr Issah’s remarks follow recent allegations made by the former president regarding vote-buying in connection with the government’s One Student, One Tablet initiative.

Addressing a student forum at the Wisconsin University in Accra, Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), insinuated that the government introduced the One Student, One Tablet policy to sway students who are turning 18 to vote for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the upcoming December elections.

However, in an interview with Accra-based Asaase Radio on Saturday, April 13, Fuseini Issah dismissed Mahama’s criticism, highlighting what he perceived as inconsistencies in Mahama’s past promises and actions.

Mr Issah pointed out that Mr Mahama had previously attempted to rollout a similar policy during his tenure as president but failed to do so successfully.

According to Issah, it is unjust for the former president to criticise the current government’s successful implementation of the One Student, One Tablet policy when he himself was unable to achieve a similar feat while in office.

He argued that Mr Mahama’s criticism lacks credibility and is driven by political motives rather than genuine concerns for education and student welfare.

“The former president is a walking inconsistency. In the State of the Nation Address in 2016, the former president, now flagbearer of the NDC, did say to the nation that under his presidency, if Ghanaians gave him the opportunity-which of course Ghanaians did not give him given his record in the run-up to 2016-he was going to ensure that we were going to move to that level and then students in senior high schools were going to be provided with handheld devices like we’ve done today.”

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“In fact, in January 2024, when the vice-president and our flagbearer, His Excellency Dr Mahamudu Bawumia had mentioned it, [the] NDC was ridiculing the whole policy initiative and they were saying it was not possible because they couldn’t do it; they thought that the NPP also couldn’t do it,” he said.

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