The Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Richard Ahiagbah has accused a Johns Hopkins Professor, Steve Hanke who has been an ardent critic of the Akufo-Addo administration, of doing the bidding of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Mr Ahiagbah tweeted that perhaps it is time for the NDC to formalize and announce their partnership with him because in his view, it is obvious Prof Hanke is doing the work for them.

Recently, another leading member of the NPP, Gabby Otchere-Darko had replied Professor Hanke on his comments that the Former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute must be living on another planet for saying government deserves praises for how the economy has been managed.

Mr Otchere-Darko earlier observed that despite slump in revenues, bills are being paid, including salaries. Roads are also being fixed, money has been found for programmes like YouStart to create jobs for the teeming youth.

In a tweet he said “The Akufo-Addo government and, in particular, MoF, deserve the nation’s commendation for their handling of the economy in these most challenging times. Despite slump in revenues, bills are being paid, including salaries, roads being fixed, & money found for programmes like YouStart.”

But responding to him also in a tweet, Professor Steve Hanke said “Leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Gabby Otchere-Darko says Pres. Akufo-Addo deserves ‘praise’ for his handling of the economy.

“SPOILER ALERT: Otchere-Darko must be on another planet. Today, I measure #Ghana‘s inflation at a stunning 81%/yr.”

In reply to his tweet, Gabby said “I live on the part of this planet called Ghana. I see, I feel how tough things are, especially for the average Ghanaian.

“I see how tough it is for Govt and the constant struggle to keep bills paid, kids in school, our lights on etc. I don’t sit far away behind my PC typing doom.”

A Deputy Communications Director of the NPP, Ernest Owusu Bempah also in a statement said “This stooge who obviously has no knowledge of mere inflation data kept on banging on about pies, the shape of pies, the depth of pies, the different kind of pies, and continue to forecast his own monthly inflation figures for Ghana. His understanding of our economic situation itself without the corresponding data backing it makes absolute nonsense of his works.

“He had the temerity to describe Gabby Asare Otchere Darko as someone coming from another planet over his recent tweet that the government needed to be lauded for its handling of the economy.

“Of course, unlike Steve Hanke, who sits far away behind his PC typing hogwash, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko isn’t living on another planet. He lives right here in Ghana and his experiences are that of our political economy, and he has led several conversations on the way forward for Ghana’s economy.

“It just so happens that a few days ago, the Akufo-Addo government announced a commercial Programme under YouStart that will offer a standardized loan product between GHS100,000 and GHS500,000.00 from PFIs to cover working capital requirements, business expansion needs and the purchase of equipment or machinery by Programme beneficiaries.”