The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has exposed the hypocrisy of opposition NPP over the gifts-for-votes claims against the first lady Lordina Mahama, releasing photos showing Mrs Rebecca Akuffo Addo in similar 'vote-buying' crusades.
The wife of Nana Akuffo Addo, the leader of the opposition NPP, was shown in several pictures donating several items similar to what Mrs Mahama was accused of, by the opposition party.
Mrs Akuffo Addo's donation was even more telling as the polythene bags used for her donations were fully branded in the colours of her husband's party.
While Mrs Mahama's donations were done without branding of the bags, her opponent's bags for the donation depicts her intentions to directly win the votes of the recipients for the NPP.
This brouhaha comes just 24 hours after the opposition NPP called a press conference to highlight the issue of gift-for-votes by Mrs Mahama after the First Lady's recent donations.
The acting General Secretary of NPP, John Boadu, at a press conference on Wednesday, expressed concern about what he termed as “lavish gifts” being shared by the First Lady.
He said: “We are in an election year and all of a sudden we are seeing goodies being shared by the First Lady. We are seeing Lordina Foundation across the country sharing goodies to the people."
"The wife of the President of the Republic is going around the country, with a fleet of trucks load of goodies, which she is sharing for votes. These run into millions of dollars.”
In an attempt to refute the claim by the NPP, the NDC has released pictures of Mrs Akuffo Addo sharing gifts to people, and this obviously, can get the NPP's political score swamped.
The deputy Communication Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has clarified that the First Lady has been embarking on these projects in an attempt to continue the tradition left by her predecessors.
Mr. Kwakye Ofosu, who is also the Deputy Spokesperson for the NDC’s 2016 campaign, said: “Madam Theresa Kufuor had mother and child community development foundation when she was First Lady. Madam Ernestina Naadu Mills also had a foundation for child education and before them, Nana Konadu had the 31st December Women’s Movement and all these organisations were registered NGOs who raised resources through known channels to prosecute their activities in the same vein."