Some Key members of the Akufo-Addo family and influential in the current government including Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta did not attend an address by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Several Ministers and functionaries of the NPP attended Dr. Bawumia’s delivered at Kofi Ohene Konadu Auditorium of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
Interestingly key kitchen cabinet figures of Akufo-Addo and his family members were missing from the event.
Akufo-Addo himself failed to attend but First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo was there just as Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta was absent but his wife attended.
Cousin of Akufo-Addo Gabby Otchere Darko was missing from the event after he recently announced his retirement from local politics.
Minister of Roads and Highways and cousin of President Akufo-Addo was not in attendance.
Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo as well as other clan members of the ‘Ofori-Atta dynasty’ did not show up.
The address is Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s first major speech since his election as flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2024 polls.
The event was on the theme: “Ghana’s Next Chapter: Selfless Leadership and Bold Solutions for the Future,” which enabled the NPP Flagbearer for the December Election to outline his vision and priority policies for the nation if elected.
Dr. Mahamudu indicated a slight departure from some taxes imposed by President Akufo-Addo, presenting his vision for Ghana saying he will run Ghana with fewer Ministers than Akufo-Addo.
Bawumia gave account of his seven years as Vice President and his personal vision for various sectors of the Ghanaian economy if he is elected president.
Taxes on gambling will be scrapped under my administration. There will be no emissions tax under my administration. 15% tax on electricity will be abolished by 2025 if it’s still on our administration.” he said.
Bawumia said his administration will “introduce a very simple, citizen and business-friendly flat tax regime” if he is elected president.
“With the new tax regime, the tax return should be able to be completed in minutes! We will also simplify our complicated corporate tax system and VAT regime,” he said.