In response to growing criticism, Samuel Atta Akyea, the Member of Parliament for Akim Abuakwa South, has come to the defense of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, asserting that it is unjust to hold him solely responsible for Ghana’s economic woes. Akyea, while acknowledging the less-than-ideal state of the economy, deemed it ‘cruel’ to attribute the country’s economic issues to Dr. Bawumia.
Akyea emphasized that the Vice President played a crucial advisory role, limiting his ability to make certain decisions independently. Advocating for electoral support for the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flagbearer in the upcoming December polls, Akyea portrayed Dr. Bawumia as a distinguished individual with the capability to address the nation’s challenges.
Amid Ghana’s ongoing economic downturn, marked by a government appeal for a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, Akyea highlighted the significance of having an economist as the country’s president. He defended Dr. Bawumia as the right candidate to navigate Ghana through its economic challenges, likening the situation to entrusting a toothache to a dentist rather than a carpenter.
Akyea dismissed confidence in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), particularly in managing the government’s flagship educational policy, free Senior High Schools (SHS). He expressed skepticism, suggesting that since the NDC didn’t initiate the policy, they may struggle to continue it effectively if elected.
As the Vice President seeks the presidency, he is set to face off against former President and NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama in the upcoming elections.