The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has challenged the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to pay for the full cost of the controversial rebranding of 116 government buses which advertises their flagbearer who happens to be the president of the country – John Dramani Mahama.
According to the NPP, the NDC should pay the full cost of ghc3.6 million for this political advertising.
Director of Communications, Nana Akomea told the media at a press conference that “the excuse for this decision to put the photos of President Mahama and the other fourth republic presidents on the buses is ludicrous”.
He explained further, “If this is indeed a pressing need of Ghanaians, then it should be the images of the past presidents which should be on the buses since they have done their bit as presidents and gone. President Mahama is still president.
“Indeed he has told us he is now going to fulfill his great promise to put monies into our pockets, so he obviously has not finished his contribution, i.e. his best contribution is yet to come. He has not finished his contribution to Ghana’s progress.
“So his image should not be in a display of those who are being recognised for their contribution. But rather strangely, his picture is even more prominent than those who have finished their contribution and left. In fact the others are in black and white (and not very visible) and his in full colour!”
Nana Akomea however appealed to the Chief of Staff to publish the full report of the Attorney General into this bus branding saga, in the interest of full disclosure, transparent governance, probity and accountability.