Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia never ever tweeted, as a running mate in the lead-up to the 2016 general elections, that an Akufo-Addo government will never borrow, his spokesperson Dr Gideon Boako has clariid and denied the claim to the contrary by Tamale North MP Alhassan Suhuyini during a discussion on Multi TV’s newsfile programme on Saturday, 15 June 2019.

In a statement issued on Monday, 17 June 2019, Dr Boako said: “Although other panelists on the show disclaimed this assertion and called for its disregard, Mr Suhuyini failed to accept guilt. Yet, when challenged, Mr Suhuyini failed to produce evidence to his claim but rather called for international IT experts to help him provide the evidence”.

“I wish to place on record to Mr Suhuyini, his NDC cohorts and all those who take delight in communicating such falsehood that Dr Bawumia never made any tweets or statements during the 2016 campaign period that the NPP government would never borrow if voted to power”.

Read Dr Boako’s full statement below:

Alhassan Suhuyini Fabricated Bawumia’s Supposed Tweet on No Borrowing by NPP

On Saturday, 15th June 2019, during the Joy News/TV news analysis show, Newsfile, member of parliament for the Tamale North Constituency, Hon Alhassan Suhuyini peddled blatant falsehood by saying that in December 2016 the then-running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia tweeted that the NPP Party when voted into office will harness the resources of the country to develop Ghana ’without borrowing’.

Although other panelists on the show disclaimed this assertion and called for its disregard, Mr Suhuyini failed to accept guilt. Yet, when challenged, Mr Suhuyini failed to produce evidence to his claim but rather called for international IT experts to help him provide the evidence.

I wish to place on record to Mr Suhuyini, his NDC cohorts and all those who take delight in communicating such falsehood that Dr Bawumia never made any tweets or statements during the 2016 campaign period that the NPP government would never borrow if voted to power.

I am by this statement challenging Mr Suhuyini or anyone who has evidence to the contrary to adduce same.

Dr Bawumia and the government of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo still stand by the principle of responsible public expenditure financing through the optimal mix of tax revenues, borrowed funds, grants or any other sources useful to the development of the country.

Like the over 13 billion cedis borrowed to save the deposits of over 1.2 million customers of distressed banks and microfinance institutions, government will continue to exercise its discretion of borrowing insofar as it remains important, needful and permissible.

The government is, however, mindful of the need to ensure debt sustainability, judicious use of borrowed funds, and the productivity that must come with such funds. It is in the light of this that this government has taken the painstaking efforts to avert the mistakes of the past and passed the fiscal responsibility act to constrain government borrowing not to exceed a certain limit of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Politics is supposed to be a decent game and all actors therein must communicate with facts. I urge the media to constantly put everyone to strict proof for every claim made.

Thank you.

—— Signed ——

Dr. Gideon Boako

Spokesperson to the Vice President

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