Samira Bawumia, wife of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, New Patriotic Party (NPP) vice presidential candidate, has said that President John Mahama’s switch from a ‘dead goat’ to a ‘living one’ was a convenient way of shirking his responsibilities as head of state.
She stated that President Mahama was not sympathetic to the plight of the citizenry. It would be recalled that the president, addressing Ghanaians living in Botswana in March this year, said he had become impervious to threats of strikes and demonstrations back home as he had adopted what he termed “dead-goat syndrome” to tell agitating labour groups and the opposition that a dead goat’s skin does not fear the knife.
However, during an interview on state-run Uniiq FM in Accra in commemoration of World Youth Day last week, President Mahama backtracked and said he had now changed from “dead goat” to “living goat” as strike actions by agitating public sector workers overwhelmed him.
But Mrs. Bawumia indicated that the president used such political tactics to cover his inefficiencies.
Speaking at the launch of the Patriotic Youth Movement (PYM) in Accra over the weekend, Mrs. Bawumia was emphatic that the 2016 polls would offer the opportune time to “change government and save Ghana.”
She said the journey towards salvaging Ghana from the hands of the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration was not only the responsibility of the leadership of the NPP, adding that the youth of the party have a key role to play in achieving the task of winning the 2016 polls.
Abdul Sallam Mustapha, a Deputy National Youth Organizer of the NPP, stated that he was touched by the desire of the youth to see the return of the party to power.
Mr. Mustapha urged members of the PYM to go and work in their assigned regions.