The spokesperson for Nana Akufo Addo, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mustapha Hamid, has suggested that President Mahama might have pardoned the Montie FM contemnors to ‘resume their insult attacks’ on the opposition candidate.
He was responding to comments President Mahama had made during his four-day tour of the Northern Region that the NPP’s presidential candidate was leading “only half of the party ” and that “the other half are sitting with their hands folded watching him drive the bus down the hill.”
“What we need in Ghana is an understanding President. The era of dictatorship is gone. We are not looking for dictator, somebody who can't stand criticism. Within his own party, if you criticize him he will sack you. We are looking for a leader who can bring people together,” he added.
According to Mustapha Hamid, the President may have grown weary of constantly having to attack Nana Addo, which he believes the governing party has resorted to because they have no message for the people.
He believes that the incarceration of the Montie trio had forced the president to take up the personal attacks on Nana Addo which he said the jailed host and panelists of the pro-government radio station would otherwise have done.
“Once they [Montie trio] are incarcerated, he [Mahama] is the one now leading the insult attack. He wants them out so they can come and take over from him so he can rest. They have said they were working on his behalf so now that they are not there, he's had to take up the insults himself. That's the reason he's [pardoned them],” Mustapha Hamid said.
Mustapha Hamid stated that, the President’s attacks on Nana Addo was an attempt to divert the people’s attention from the deplorable conditions the people in the Northern Region live in.
He however added that, the NPP’s campaign will be a clean, issue-based one which would seek to address the concerns of Ghanaians.
“You are flying helicopters because your roads are unmmotorable and you don't want us to talk about that, you want us to talk about what is happening in somebody's party. How does what is happening in somebody's party put bread on my table or make it possible for somebody from Bimbilla to take his food produce to Yendi to sell?” he noted
“We will continue to focus on the message because the Ghanaian people therefore, will understand who really has a message and who has no message. I would be very excited if he continues on this trajectory. I would be very sad if he was to abandon these attacks on Nana Addo. Let him continue.”