Addressing a gathering at the Manhyia palace during a visit of President Nana Akufo-Addo, Otumfuo Osei Tutu said not long after the 7 December 2016 elections which Mr Mahama and his NDC lost, he came over and confessed that he should not have ignored “my counsel”.
According to Otumfuo Osei Tutu, other former presidents apart from Mr Mahama also made similar confessions in the past.
He said Mr Jerry John Rawlings, Mr John Kufuor and Prof John Evans Atta Mills all expressed similar sentiments.
“I had interactions with former presidents and they admitted they should have paid heed to my counsel. Rawlings and Kufour were here, I spoke with Mills ten days before his demise and he said the same thing. Shortly after his term ended, President Mahama was here and he mentioned he ignored a number of things I counselled him on which he has paid dearly for,”
He said this while cautioning President Akufo-Addo to be wary of backbiters amongst persons he has surrounded himself with.
Mr Mahama became the first living one-term president in the history of Ghana. His predecessor, Prof Mills died in office before finishing his first term.
In the Asante mornach’s estimation, Mr Mahama lost because Ghanaians were hungry and angry with his administration
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has assured Asanteman and Ghanaians that the pledges he made during the electioneering period are pledges that will be fulfilled before his tenure ends.
“I made a lot of pledges during the campaign. We have started fulfilling them. The Free Senior High School policy will commence from September 2017. So you should know that what I said during the campaign was not political talk. Yesterday, in Parliament, the ‘Asempa’ budget became law. The Appropriations Act has been made, so there is financial provision for Free SHS in the budget,” he said.
The President continued, “Ghanaians should know that I did not lie to them during the campaign, in order to get their votes. Whatever I said I was going to do, I will do.”
“We said we were going to reduce taxes, which had become a burden on businesses and was stifling productivity. We said were going to reduce import duties on imported spare parts. The first budget has removed taxes on imported spare parts in our country. We have also abolished a number of other taxes,” he added.