Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu says it seems President Akufo-Addo’s interest is in his re-election than the safety and life of Ghanaians in this COVID-19 period.
Mr Iddrisu was addressing a press conference today May 7, 2020, giving the Minority’s side of the COVID-19 situation in Ghana as well as responding to Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
He is of the view that there is a clear strategy not to interpret data that is not grounded in the science of COVID-19 and that forms part of a grand scheme to create an atmosphere of normalcy.
“Ghanaians expect the professionals entrusted with responsibility for managing the crisis to be forthright and refrain from interpreting data that is not grounded in the science of the pandemic. And here, I refer to a recent statement by a member of the National Response Team that we have peaked in terms of the number of infected persons.
“Misuse of such terms without empirical basis appear to be designed to fit into a certain narrative ahead of the President’s next broadcast. It appears to be part of a strategy to create an atmosphere of normalcy in the lead to the next presidential broadcast and as for the reason, your guess is as good as mine. Evidently, President Akufo-Addo seems more interested in his re-election than in the safety and life of Ghanaians. That fact keeps unfolding.”
Responding to the comments made by Dr Bawumia earlier in the week that Akufo-Addo has handled COVID-19 crisis better than Mahama did with ‘Dumsor”, he charged him to focus on helping the economy regain its strength rather than engaging in partisan politics.
“The impact of COVID-19 on our economy has been most devastating – from massive job losses, closure of businesses to a historic fall in GDP growth.
This certainly cannot be the time for old-fashioned excessive partisan politics and infantile name-calling as Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia sought to do earlier this week.”
Ghana’s COVID-19 case count has now hit 3,091 with Bono Region becoming the latest to record a case.
The recovery figures has also shot up to 303 and the death toll remains 18.
This was contained in the latest Ghana Health Service update released on May 7, 2020.