Eric Edem Agbana, deputy national youth organizer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has berated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, describing him as “the worst president Ghana has ever had.”
In an exclusive interview with Paa Kwesi Schandorf on TV Africa’s morning show Breakfast Live, the NDC youth leader bemoaned the current state of the economy and highlighted some of the challenges that continue to plague citizens, especially the young.
“…So if you look at everything that has happened, I keep saying that President Akufo-Addo will go down in history as the worst president, the worst president Ghana has ever had. And I say that without any apology. President Akufo “Addo will go down in history as the worst president Ghana has ever had,” he stressed.
According to him, the current hardship in the country is a result of the “incompetence and lies” of the president and his deputy, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
Speaking about the prevailing problems in the country, Edem Agbana claimed that the president’s inability to deal decisively with lawlessness, impunity and corruption has contributed significantly to the exhausting state of affairs in the country.
In his view, the only remedy to tackle the country’s teething problems is for the NDC to take power; stressing that the ruling New Patriotic Party does not have the authority to run an economy that will benefit ordinary Ghanaians on the streets.
As for the improvement of the country and the 2024 general election, Edem Agbana also reiterated that John Dramani Mahama remains the best foot forward for the NDC entering the 2024 polls.
Turning to the furious debate over presidential spouse emoluments, Edem Agbana expressed disgust at the way the president has handled the issue since the news first came out.
For him, the decision of Professor Ntiamoa-Baidu’s commission to recommend primarily the payment of allowances to the first and second ladies was null and void, ab initio.
This is because the first and second ladies are not Article 71 office holders, and so it was illegal for the commission to make such recommendations, he added.
By venting his spleen, the NDC youth leader rejected the first lady’s decision to refund all allowances paid to her since taking office.
Agbana lingered on the matter, insisting that the first lady did not intentionally repay the allowances, which is why it is inappropriate for anyone to praise the act. In his opinion, the first lady’s decision to repay the allowances to the state was born of anger; an attitude he considered unhappy.
In closing, Edem Agbana called on all Ghanaians, especially the young, to continue to demand accountability from President Akufo-Addo and his government, given the string of promises they have made ahead of the 2016 and 2020 elections respectively.
He also urged members of the National Democratic Congress to suspend all grievances with the party and rally behind the party in the upcoming 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Meanwhile, opinions remain divided over the first lady’s decision to refund the fees paid to her since 2017. While some of the population thinks it was a necessary gesture, others have taken the first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, to the cleaners and sow doubts. on the refund.