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The Minority Leader sees no reason why President Akufo-Addo should absolve the Vice President from the ‘failures’ of his government, saying both are equally culpable in the administration’s shortcomings.

Dr. Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, has urged Ghanaians to vote against the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the 2024 elections for contributing to the hardship confronting the country.

The Leader was making his statement to second the motion in Parliament Tuesday, February 27, 2024, after the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

He had accused the President of failing to address the critical issues such as unemployment which is affecting Ghanaians.

Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution mandates the President to provide an address to the nation at the beginning and close of each Parliamentary Session.

The SONA is an annual address to Parliament given by the President of the Republic covering economic, social and the financial state of the country.

According to Dr Ato Forson, two in every three Ghanaians were unemployed, a situation he said, the President failed to address in his SONA.

According to him, out of the over 33 million Ghanaians, only about 11 million were in employment, noting that such high numbers of unemployment needed urgent attention by the President.

He further said a vote for Vice President Bawumia, who is also the flag bearer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), was a vote for the “third term of President Akufo-Addo.”

Dr Ato Forson believes former President John Dramani Mahama of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) had the magic wand to change the economic fortunes of the country, urging Ghanaians to vote for him in the December Presidential election.

The Minority also believes that Ghanaians will not feel the absence of President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia after the end of their tenure.

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