President John Dramani Mahama has denied attacking the person of his main contender in the elections, Nana Akufo-Addo on the campaign trail adding that, Nana Addo and his team attacked him first. According to him, he has rather endured name-calling and insults from Nana Addo and the NPP over the years. Mahama had described flagbearer of the NPP as a divisive leader and a dictator, who in his view cannot run the country. Defending his comments on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday, Mr. Mahama said the criticisms against him are unfair, since the NPP and its flagbearer attacked him first.
He told host of the show, Paul Adom-Otchere that “for four years he [Akufo-Addo] has described me as incompetent, for four years he’s described me as visionless, for four years he’s described me as a thief. He says when I come to power I won’t steal your money what does that mean? It means I am stealing Ghanaians’ money.” Mahama explained that, he has taken such attacks in good faith because he considers them an occupational hazard. “I’m a politician and I know it’s an occupational hazard; sometimes to have your opponents vilify you so I don’t take it as anything.”