Election 2016 My defeat wasn’t caused by my young appointees – Mahama

Some Ghanaians and sympathisers of the NDC have attributed the NDC’s defeat to the arrogance and lack of experience of the young appointees during his administration.

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has mounted a strong defence for his young appointees during his tenure as president of Ghana.

Ex-President Mahama was addressing his former appointees of his administration when he met them to show his appreciation for the work they did during his governance.

Some Ghanaians and sympathisers of the NDC have attributed the NDC’s defeat to the arrogance and lack of experience of the young appointees during his administration.

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But Mr Mahama justified his appointments saying the critics possibly do not like his appointees.

“Just say I don’t like the people, not that they are young because all those people you are referring to are above 40 years. How can you call a 40-year old man with a wife and children, a young man surrounding the President? I cannot understand.”

“When I became deputy Minister to my brother, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, I was 39 years old. Yes, we were young, but we served and served properly. I’m sure Spio was around 40 years at the time. We can’t say he was a small boy. In the evolutionary period, all those who surrounded President Rawlings were in their twenties and thirties. So it’s not about age,” he argued.

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He further stated that the NDC has always given opportunities to the young people to prove themselves and there was no need to blame them.

“Our party has always given opportunity to young people that are what we are, so if we lose we cannot blame young people for our loss. And the point is that the demographic of Ghana is shifting in favour of young people, 35 and below makes up 60% of our population. So if you want to appoint officials, where are you going to get them from?” he asked.

Blame me for NDC's 2016 defeat

Meanwhile, the former President has asked critics within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to blame him for the loss of the party in the 2016 general elections.

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“The cause of our loss is multifaceted,” adding that the accusations should be directed at him.

“Of course, as the General who led us into battle, I take ultimate responsibility for our losing the election, and so if it will satisfy those people, blame me for the loss.”

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