President John Dramani Mahama has predicted that Dr Mahamudu Bawumia will be dumped by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) after using him for the party’s dirty job.
He said he felt sorry for Dr Bawumia because he would never be given the opportunity to lead the NPP when the time comes.
Speaking at a mini rally of the NDC in Lawra Friday as part of his campaign tour of the Upper West Region, the President said opportunities in the NPP were restricted.
Using what he said happened to Alhaji Aliu Mahama as an example, President Mahama said, “Alhaji Aliu Mahama was Vice President under the NPP government. He served faithfully under President Kufuor and, so, when eight years was up and President Kufuor was leaving, the natural order of succession is that he should have been given the opportunity to lead that party but, 17 people contested him and defeated him.”
“That is why I say NDC is a party of opportunity because if NDC wasn’t, who am I, a boy from Bole born in Damango, who am I to stand here and call myself President of the Republic of Ghana?”
President Mahama said in the NDC, opportunities were opened to all no matter a person’s ethnic background.
Turning to his “northern brothers” ; the President said, “I feel sad when I see some of our northern brothers running around and also doing certain things. They will use you and dump you.”
“Let anything happen today and let our brother Bawumia say he is standing for President in NPP. They will never give it to him, I can assure you,” he told hundreds of supporters of the NDC that gathered at the rally.
He added, “When the misfortune hit us and our father Professor Mills passed away, the Constitution said the Vice President should take over, I did. But then we were close to an election. If it was another party, they would have insisted that there should be a Congress and in that Congress I would have been contested and they would have given the leadership to somebody else.”
President Mahama spoke about socio-economic infrastructure that the Upper West Region had enjoyed under the government and described it as unprecedented.
He promised accelerated development for the region in the next four years when he wins the election.