The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bolgatanga Central Constituency, Hon Isaac Adongo, has accused Vice President Muhammadu Bawumia of either having little faith in the ability of the NPP’s 2020 Manifesto to deliver victory for the party or protesting the exclusion of his ideas in the compilation of the document.
He said this was because the Vice President had resorted to making new promises outside what the party had put together in its manifesto and outdoored to Ghanaians a few weeks ago.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana on Tuesday morning, the MP said Dr Bawumia’s promise that the NPP intended to construct a military airstrip and establish a sattelite campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Yendi were alien to the NPP’s Manifesto.
He said those two promises, which Dr Bawumia announced to the Overlord of Dagbon, Ndan Ya-Na Abukari II when he paid a courtesy call on him in his Palace in Yendi, were promised on the spur of the moment, given their absence in the party’s manifesto.
“So, is it the case that the Vice President does not believe in the manifesto or he was not consulted such that he will be making promises outside the document,” he asked.
He said it was inappropriate for Dr Bawumia to abandon the manifesto days after its launch and resort to speaking outside it.
He added that that was not right as it amounted to the Vice President looking at the faces of people and telling them what he thought they wanted to hear, something he said smacked of disrespect and lack of commitment to the realisation of the promises.
He said it also confirmed the NDC’s stance that the NPP manifesto was inferior, it was rushed through and and it was full of policies that the party does not fully commit to.
He said unlike the NPP, the NDC believed in its manifesto that it launched on September 7 to be a social contract between the party and the electorate and would, therefore, not propose policies that were alien to it.
He added that the party’s manifesto was a reflection of the wishes of the people of Ghana, given that it was the outcome of an extensive consultation nationwide on the wishes and aspirations of the electorate under a new NDC administration.
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Mr Richard Ahiagba, who was also on the show, said Dr Bawumia needed not to speak only to the NPP manifesto.
He said the manifesto was a vision from which different policies could be anchored to.
He said the proposed sattelite campus of the UDS and the military airstrip in Yendi were two projects that the Vice President believed to be relevant although not captured in the manifesto.