Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, a flagbearer candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), argues that the vice president is not an economic strategist because he has failed to find a way out of the nation’s economic difficulties.
On Sunday, July 16, during a campaign stop in Kintampo East in the Bono East Region, the Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP) took aim at Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia with the following statement: “You call yourself a strategist but when we were taking over power the Dollar was GH4, today $1 is GH12 and yet you call yourself a strategist.”
“I had $40 million in Cedi equivalent in March 2022, but by August 2022, the value of the $40 million had fallen to $16 million.”
However, this was not well received by certain party members, particularly Dr. Bawumia’s followers, who confronted the congressman and reminded him of the compliments he had given the Vice President during the global pandemic.
In a subsequent statement sent by his communications team in reaction to the most recent complaints, the Board Chairman of the Ghana National Gas Company says he believes he can perform better and that is why he is running for the position of leader of the ruling party.
The announcement from Wednesday, July 19 stated, “Those who do not believe they can do better should withdraw from the race.”
According to the statement, “straight-talking Ken Agyapong provides a distinct, business-like approach to managing the economy based upon a better leveraging of Ghana’s own resources—domestic and foreign.
Regarding Hon. Ken Agyapong’s prior support for the Vice President and his most recent criticism, it just proves that he will consistently be sincere and candid in his evaluation of others and offer praise or criticism when and where it is warranted.
The Western Region Minister, Kobby Okyere Darko Mensah, who had accused Mr. Agyapong of being avaricious because he occupies various positions in the Akufo-Addo-led administration, was also chastised in the statement.
If having several obligations is harmful, the Takoradi MP need to give up his role as Regional Minister and focus solely on his or her duties as a member of parliament.
“Ken Agyapong maintains the money in Ghana to start companies that hire young people. Ghana’s youth would find employment if all contract winners followed the same example.