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Mahama promises to cancel ex-gratia payments if re-elected President

Mahama promises to cancel ex-gratia payments if re-elected President

Former President John Dramani Mahama, who is running for the National Democratic Congress flagbearer in the 2024 elections, has promised to cancel ex-gratia payments to members of the executive if he is elected President of Ghana again.

On Thursday, February 2, he said this and other things at the launch of his flagbearership campaign, titled “Building Ghana We Want Together,” in Ho, the Volta Regional capital.

“The payment of ex-gratia to executive members under Article 71 will be discontinued,” Mahama said.
In a speech to party members and supporters, Mahama slammed the incumbent Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party government, saying they came promising to make Ghana better but ended up wrecking the country’s economy.

“Our current state and its impact on our people deeply trouble me,” he lamented, adding, “We will not run a government of slogans, but of action.”

According to the former President, where the NPP government has led Ghana’s economy, only an experienced person like him has what it takes to bring it back from the brink of disaster.

“At this time, Ghana does not require a ‘try-me-too’ leader. “Ghana needs a leader who accepts responsibility and works to solve the problem, not one who shifts blame to others,” Mahama is quoted as saying by

He wants to lead the largest opposition party to retake power from the ruling NPP administration in 2024. He is up against some other candidates, including former Finance Minister Dr Kwabena Dufour and former Kumasi Mayor Kojo Bonsu.

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