Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has slammed former President John Dramani Mahama over what he described as his (Mahama) continuous absence at state events where President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the keynote speaker.
Contributing to the debate on the address delivered by the President last week, the legislator said Mr. Mahama has boycotted seven events which the current President was the main speaker.
“Conspicuously absent [during the recent State of the Nation Address] was former President John Dramani Mahama. That certainly is not a good account of the immediate past President and [former] Presidential candidate. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo did not attend the SONA presented by John Mahama in 2013 because the NPP at the time was contesting the legitimacy of the President. The NPP parliamentary group boycotted the 2013 events accordingly. But it is worth commending that former President John Agyekum Kufuor attended the swearing-in of President Mahama in 2013 in his capacity as a former President”, he said.
“The matter was settled by the Supreme Court in the second half of 2013 in favour of President Mahama. The NPP minority group subsequently attended the events in 2014 because the case had been decided. Nana Akufo-Addo did not attend the 2014 event because he had travelled outside the country. In 2015, he had returned to the country and accordingly attended the event. It is instructive to note that [former] President Mahama has not attended any of the seven events that had President Akufo-Addo as the key personality. The people of this country will not forget.”