The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, on Joy News’ Newsfile programme on Saturday challenged suggestions by Alhassan Suhuyini, the Tamale North Member of Parliament (MP) that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, had stated that, if given the mandate, the NPP would never borrow for the country’s developmental agenda.
Suhuyini, an MP on the ticket of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), on the Newsfile show, read a tweet which he claimed was from the Twitter account of Dr Bawumia which he said was posted whilst he was a vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He claimed Dr Bawumia had stated that, if given the mandate, the NPP would never borrow for the country’s developmental agenda.
Quoting from the said tweet, Suhuyini sought to discredit the credibility of the Vice President in relation to the fact that the current government is borrowing for its policies and projects.
Speaking on the same programme, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako emphasized that the then vice presidential candidate of the NPP never made those comments.
“Take it from me, I don’t think Dr. Bawumia ever made such comments. This tweet could not have come from him because it is practically impossible for any administration not to do a bit of borrowing. This tweet Suhuyini is quoting from is of doubtful validity” Mr. Baako said.
Trying to counter the doubt thrown on the source of his tweet, Suhuyini insisted that the tweet indeed came from the Vice President.
The host of the show, Evans Mensah, queried Suhuyini to adduce credible evidence to back his claim of the tweet having emanated from the Vice President’s Twitter account but Suhuyini pleaded with the Public and IT gurus to help him get a video or audio of Dr. Bawumia saying that.
Members of the opposition NDC have been referring to this tweet as coming from the Vice President from one of his lectures when the NPP was in opposition.
However, communicators of the ruling NPP have insisted Dr. Bawumia was never emphatic that an NPP government would not borrow.
Texters and Facebookers who followed the programme asked why the NDC hasn’t been able to bring the voice of the then vice presidential candidate of the NPP to substantiate the claim.
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