The Deputy Regional Organizer of the New Patriotic Party, Kwaku Atta Sarpong says the promise by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Mahama to commercialize the use of motorcycles popularly known as ‘Okada’ is extremely dangerous.
According to him, it’s astonishing for Mr. Mahama under whose tenure in 2013 the use of okada for money-making activities was expelled, now wants to legalize it in exchange of votes.
This campaign promise by John Mahama has been largely discussed with a number of people describing it as a deceitful promise.
Mr. Mahama’s defence to the promise is that he recognizes the benefits of the ‘okada’ business to the many families that depend on it, hence his campaign to legalize and regularize it should he win the December 7 polls.
But speaking on Ashh Fm’s National Agenda hosted by Oderfour Qwasi Kay, Kwaku Atta disclosed that, ‘‘I was in Accra last Wednesday and I hired a motor rider and asked him how he understands John Mahama’s promise, his answer was, “boss if someone promises to legalize something for you, think about its merits and demerits , because some regulations can bring a serious implications to your business, like what happened to the automatic Fuel deregulations”, so he was asking how John Mahama and the NDC are going to regulate the ‘Okada’ business , he asked, if it is legalized, are they (riders) going to follow the road traffic regulations, and is the regulations coming to stop them from insuring the motor, riding with license and paying road worthy or what? John Mahama must come clean. Again listen to what he told me, he said, they think the regulation is rather coming to overburden them because after the legalization they have to form unions and they are going to pay dues and income tax which is going to bring a burden to them’’.
Atta Sarppong believes, the promise is a calculated attempt by Mr. Mahama and the NDC to win some political favours and amass votes from innocent motor riders.
‘This promise by John Mahama is a complete fallacy and what I want to tell Ghanaians is that the difference between the promisor and the promisee is track record, what John Mahama did when he was in power and what he is promising us now is going to be use as a pivot to cast our votes, I think John Mahama and the NDC wants to compromise the safety of Ghanaians for votes’.