President John Mahama has challenged Dr Mahamadu Bawumia to provide the cost of the 2007 cedi redenomination at a campaign rally in the Ablekuma North Constituency.
President Mahama, the National Democratic Congress presidential nominee, on Tuesday October 11 challenged Dr Bawumia, the New Patriotic Party vice presidential nominee, to provide the cost of the cedi redenomination at a campaign rally in the Ablekuma North Constituency.
According to the president, “up till today, no Ghanaian knows the cost of the redenomination exercise and the same people come and say someone is incompetent.
“When you redenominated the cedi how much did it cost us?, he asked Dr Bawumia, who was the first Deputy Governor at that time.
“Simple things like these you cannot tell us and you have the nerve to come and talk about corruption. Look in the mirror and look at yourselves,” president Mahama said.
But speaking on Joy FM's Newsfile Saturday, Kwaku Baako said the "President goofed and goofed big time" when he threw the challenge to the former deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana.
The veteran journalists added: "it was just politics...propaganda on a political platform which all of them do anyway...but in this case it is the President so you take him on, you deal with it but because he is our president, we are showing some little moderation and respect in dealing with this matter.
Dr Bawumia in response to the president's challenge said it is another “demonstration of incompetence” by the president.
“Apart from the fact that the then Governor disclosed the cost as far back as 2007, if the President really wanted to find out the cost of the redenomination, he could simply have asked his VEEP who was Bank of Ghana Governor, especially when the President was Head of the Economic Management Team between 2009 and 2012,” Dr Bawumia wrote on his Facebook page in response to the president’s challenge.
He further slammed the president for engaging in “petty propaganda” beneath someone of the “stature of a President.”
“It is clear he is very poorly briefed, but when a President decides to join the bandwagon of propaganda , he only ends up embarrassing himself,” he added.