Former President John Dramani Mahama has announced that he will not be attending the Independence Day anniversary celebration in Ho today, Monday, March 6.
He has accused the organizers of turning the occasion into a political rally for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), with their supporters being bussed in to cheer on their leaders. Mr Mahama stated that Independence Day is a solemn national celebration that should not be hijacked by any political party.
Speaking at the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Professional Forum Dinner and Awards Night in Accra on Sunday, March 5, Mr Mahama, who is seeking to be elected flagbearer of the NDC ahead of the 2024 general elections, said that he will attend an Independence Day anniversary any day if it is not hijacked by one party.
He expressed his disappointment with the way the celebration had turned into a party jamboree with supporters being bussed in wearing party T-shirts and waving party flags.
The Volta Region branch of the opposition NDC is also demanding that the government release GH¢126 million owed to the region, which is the aggregate of the Akufo-Addo-led government’s promise of GH¢1 million per constituency per year, which the party says is in arrears for the past seven years.
The NDC in the Volta Region has also expressed concern that the joy and enthusiasm that usually characterizes the celebration of the country’s independence anniversary is eroding due to “unprecedented bad governance, unimaginable levels of corruption, and the incredibly high cost of living”.