Dr. Clement Apaak, the member of parliament for Builsa South, has urged the government and its opposers to support the former president John Mahama’s call to abolish ex-gratia rather than criticise him.
If John Mahama is chosen as the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and wins the 2024 presidential election, he has pledged to abolish ex-gratia for the Executive branch of government.
On Thursday, the former president announced this while kicking off his campaign to serve as the NDC’s Flagbearer in the Volta Region.
However, Mr. Mahama has come under fire from some members of the public and the governing party’s communicators.
Another request, which the former president has called “silly,” is for him to return the ex-gratia he has previously accepted.
In a statement, the Builsa South MP questioned the logic behind the attacks on the former President for serving a notice to cancel the ex-gratia when given the opportunity to serve the country again.
“Suprised the Nana Akufo-Addo, Bawumia NPP government is attacking John Mahama for proposing to scrap ex-gratia? Don’t be, they have made their wives (1st and 2nd Ladies) and other appendages beneficiaries of article 71 emoluments. This has never happened, it’s the first in the history of Ghana.
“The NPP/Bawumia government, those seeking to be Flagbearers included, should tell Ghanaians their position on the issue and stop attacking John Mahama. So because John Mahama is a beneficiary of ex-gratia he has no right to work towards scrapping it, what logic?” Mr. Apaak queried.
He continued: “In fact, it’s precisely because he is a beneficiary and yet wants to see it gone is the reason why he must be commended. It takes selflessness to advocate against a benefit you enjoy, but John Mahama will do it in the collective interest. This is the mark of servant leadership.