National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused President Nana
Akufo-Addo of peddling falsehood against its flag bearer John Mahama
in relation to the cancelled 17 December 2019 referendum.
National Communication Officer of the NDC, Mr Sammy Gyamfi, has said
that the President accused Mr Mahama of agreeing to the processes
toward amending portions of the 1992 Constitution to allow party
politics in the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District
Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
a statement announcing the cancellation of the referendum on Sunday,
1 December 2019, Mr Akufo-Addo explained that on Tuesday, 18 April
2017, a little over four months into his mandate, he held a meeting
with his three predecessors; Mr Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum
Kufuor, and John Dramani Mahama at the Jubilee House to seek their
views and counsel on these issues.
came away from that meeting with the view that there was a consensus
amongst us that the time had come for political parties to
participate openly in district assembly elections and local
governance,” the President noted.
the President noted, the NDC made a U-turn, and stated that it was no
longer prepared to go along with the national consensus.
Mr Gyamfi, in a statement, said: “For the records, it’s a
barefaced lie that President Mahama agreed to the amendment of
Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution to allow for the introduction
of partisanship in our local government system as alleged by
him, Mr Akufo-Addo rather “chickened out of the December 17
referendum for fear of defeat”.
was of the view that if, indeed, Mr Akufo-Addo sincerely believes
that ‘YES’ would have garnered the required 75% of the valid
votes, “then why the cancellation of the referendum on grounds of
lack of national consensus?”