An aspiring presidential candidate who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has expressed disappointment in the government for announcing its decision to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support.
“IMF? What are we going to say again. Somebody texted me, don’t say anything about IMF. Me, I shouldn’t say anything about IMF, I will say it,” he said.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) government went to the IMF for a bailout because the “government mismanaged the economy”, Mr Agyapong said.
Therefore, if the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is also going to the IMF for support “it is just like handing over power to NDC without a contest, straight away.”
“Because the noise we made, and I chew my own words back when I said NDC went to IMF because of mismanagement of the economy. So if NPP is [also] going to IMF, what am I going to say [now]?”
“So Breaking the 8 [winning Election 2024 NPP campaign message] is going to be tough. You cannot use the face of those who took us [back to IMF] to ‘Break the 8’, it won’t work. My message to you is simple, you cannot, read my lips and I’m not scared of anybody in the party, I’ll tell you the gospel truth, those who take you to IMF, those same faces, cannot Break the 8… a word to the wise is enough,” he added.
“I’m very, very sad today, when I saw the publication that we are going to the IMF. You know that is what [former President] Mahama was praying for. He’s gotten his wish. It will not be easy, it will take hard work, so we should brace ourselves that there is a task ahead of us and therefore it is only unity, that will help us sail through this ‘Breaking the 8,” Mr Agyapong said.