Calls for the resignation of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia due to the state of the country’s economy have been considered laughable by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The call for the President and his deputy to resign was made by private legal practitioner Martin Kpebu who led a group of demonstrators on Saturday to protest the rising cost of living, corruption and the depreciation of the Cedi.
A NPP deputy general secretary said in an interview with Citi News that the protest’s attendance was an indication of how unpopular the move was.
“For you to christen this as “Ku me Preko” and only to come out and call for the resignation of the President was very laughable, and I can assure you that this will not go anywhere because it does not sit on any cogent reason for which the president must resign.
“The President has a social contract with the people of Ghana, and this social contract must continue for the president to achieve and for the purpose for which the NPP as a party came into power. Until we have very concrete and substantive reasons for which the president must resign, the president doesn’t see this as the need [to resign].”
Mohammed added that “in a country with over 30 million people and in the city where we have over 2 million people, and we could see less than 500 or 300 people demonstrating on the streets, if people were much interested, you would have seen the numbers out there, it means that the call was not necessary.”
According to some civil society organizations, #FixTheCountry, Arise Ghana, Economic Fighters League, and other activists who joined the protesters, the President and his government have not done enough to ease the burden of citizens in the struggling economy.
Speaking to the media ahead of the protest, Martin Kpebu said “We are dying; citizens are dying; citizens can’t afford food; citizens are starving all because of misgovernance by President Akufo-Addo. It never happened that you have a president in office and every time that the country borrows, the President’s family becomes richer; how?”
Watch some excerpts from the “Ku Me Preko” demonstration below.