A former Presidential Spokesperson has accused President John Mahama of superintending the degeneration of political campaigning away from issues, ahead of the December 7 polls.
Kwabena Agyepong says apart from the President’s “dangerous ethnic and tribal campaigning up north”, he had also turned a blind eye while his appointees and party members drag members of the clergy, particularly Pastor Mensah Otabil through the mud for expressing their views.
Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Thursday November 15, 2012 Kwabena Agyepong said President Mahama cannot claim to be unaware of the aspersions being cast on Pastor Mensah Otabil, after he called on the NDC to stop playing an advert which uses part of a sermon he preached years ago.
The party claims it cannot stop the advert because it did not commission it, although it is being played at NDC campaign rallies and vans across the country.
The renowned Pastor has been variously described by NDC activists as a liar, an appendage of the opposition NPP, and perhaps most damaging, as one who lacks “integrity” by Dr Tony Aidoo, head of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Office of the President.
“If you are the President and you support a group that does such things with impunity and you cannot call them to order, them I’m sorry,” Kwabena Agyepong said, adding “You can’t use somebody’s voice, doctored, and ignore the person’s call for you to stop using it.
“Why do you use Mensah Otabil’s voice if you say he has no integrity? Why do we want to lead the nation with lies?”
He condemned the “hypocrisy and incompetence emanating from the Presidency,” insisting “If you are the President, you have to take action. In any other society Tony Aidoo would have been sacked. If you (President) don’t take action, it means you are supporting everything he has been saying and doing.
“President Mahama has been silent on all these things. So we have to ask, what is the real character of President Mahama?”