Former deputy Chief of Staff Valerie Sawyerr has called on President Akufo-Addo not to be deceived by the pampering he appears to be receiving from former President JJ Rawlings.
In a statement targeted at the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mrs. Sawyerr urged the President to be proactive and rid his government of corruption.
“President Akufo-Addo … where are your men and women? Do not be deceived by JJ’s recent ranting that seems to favour your cause. Your Government in seven months is reeking of corruption. Rise up and do something about it instead of waving that baton with that uninspiring look on your face … to the left, up and down… to the right, up and down! A man is only as good as his word!” the letter read in part.
The epistle comes on the back of Mr. Rawlings’ recent attack on all his predecessors’ aside from the current President, accusing them of supervising corruption during their tenure.
She urged the former president to stop putting words in the mouth of the NDC.
“Papa Stone, I hear you said: ‘When I talk they say I don’t like NDC, no! I don’t like stealing, I don’t like disgrace so if NDC does good I will praise them if they are bad I will say it as well’.
“Who has said you don’t like the NDC? Are you setting your own questions and answering them, please? Nobody has said you do not like the NDC. Stop putting words in our mouths. Indeed, some think you crave for the NDC so much that you are prepared to destroy anyone and anything in the NDC if that will suit your agenda to always be in control of the NDC.
“… but I don’t blame you Papa J … I blame the NDC … after you taught us probity, accountability and transparency, why can’t we rise to demand same of you? After you taught us to be fearless in upholding the truth, why don’t we rise to demand same of you? When you twist and manipulate us, why don’t our leaders ask you why you are breaching your own so-called rules? With all due respect, have you named those you KNOW to be involved in corruption?”