The Vice Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has dispelled allegations that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) financed his education.
The General Secretary of NDC Asiedu Nketia and the Minister for Agriculture Mohammed Muniru Limuna are reported to have stated that the NDC facilitated Dr. Bawumia’s education by granting him a scholarship to study abroad.
But a statement signed by Dr. Bawumia, said ‘I would like to state for the record that the NDC has had nothing to do with my entire education and I have never been on Government of Ghana scholarship for my studies abroad’.
He lashed out at the NDC for peddling falsehood about his education, describing NDC of only being good at fabricating stories.
Dr.Bawumia said the NDC is throwing dust in the eyes of the public to score cheap political points.
The vice presidential candidate of NPP challenged Mr. Nketia and the NDC to back their claims with facts.
Read details of his statement:
RE: NDC MADE DR. BAWUMIA SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE
6th October, 2016
My attention has been drawn to the above story reported by Ghanaweb on October 6th, 2016 (http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/NDC-made-Bawumia-successful-in-life-Asiedu-Nketia-475118). In this story, the NDC General Secretary, Asiedu Nketia is reported to have said that the NDC facilitated my education by granting me a scholarship to study abroad. I am also informed that a similar statement was made by the Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Limuna recently in Walewale.
While my initial instinct was to laugh off and ignore such a palpable lie, I have come to understand that the NDC machinery specializes in the fabrication of such stories and would continue repeating them until they assume ring of truth.
I would like to state for the record that the NDC has had nothing to do with my entire education and I have never been on Government of Ghana scholarship for my studies abroad. My education history is as follows:
1969-1975 Sakasaka Primary School (Tamale)
1975-1982 Tamale Secondary School, Ghana – GCE O and A-Levels
1982-1984 Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (A.C.I. –U.K
Emile Woolf College of Accountancy, London, England
1984-1986 B.Sc. Economics (First Class Hons.)
University of Buckingham, UK
1987- 1988 M.Sc. Development Economics
University of Oxford , UK (Lincoln College)
1991 – 1995 Ph.D. in Economics
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia., Canada
In fact the NDC as a party did was only formed in 1992 when I was mid-way through my Ph.D studies at Simon Fraser University which was financed through fellowships and teaching assistantships.
So which part of my education (from primary school to Ph.D) was financed by the NDC? When did the government of Ghana ever offer me a scholarship? I will ask the General Secretary of the NDC to respond and not run away like they did when I presented them 170 facts from my recent lecture.
This is not how politics should be done. Why would persons such as the General Secretary of the NDC and a Minister of State engage in the deliberate fabrication and peddling of such a falsehood? If they are looking for something to attack me on they can at least start with a response to the 170 facts from my lecture.
What is clear is that the NDC has lost the argument on issues and now resorted to attacking my person with fabricated lies. That strategy will fail. You cannot run a country with propaganda and lies.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
2016 NPP Vice Presidential Candidate