President John Dramani Mahama has challenged the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to produce its manifesto and stop accusing his party for alleged plagiarism.
He argues that he was directly involved in drafting the governing National Democratic Congress’ (NDC’s) manifesto, hence he can defend that contents in the manifesto are original ideas of the NDC.
“I was directly involved in writing the manifesto for the NDC and so I know everything that is in that manifesto because I participated. People did not just write it and bring it to me. I participated in writing that manifesto and so when somebody says if we have plagiarized their manifesto, I don’t think he understands what plagiarism is. Plagiarism is if you steal from a known document and put in another document,” he said.
President Mahama said these whiles addressing Chiefs and people of the Ga Traditional council as well as party supporters at the Ga Manste Palace at Kaneshie in the Okaikoi South Constituency as part of his campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region.
President Mahama on Tuesday presented highlights of the NDC’s 2016 manifesto prior to the official launch of the policy document in Sunyani, Brong Ahafo Regional capital on Saturday.
Barely 48 hours after the president’s presentation, the NPP accused him of stealing its ideas and policy proposals.
But responding to the NPP, President Mahama said there was no document called the NPP manifesto that the governing NDC kneow about, asking “so how can we have plagiarized from document that does not exist?
“If that document exists, they should produce it today. They say they’ll produce it on October 8; that gives them enough time to copy as many things in our manifesto as possible. And so they are free, I mean, the ideas are there. We have the ideas. We’ve been governing this country, we’re been running the programs, we know where we’ve come from; we know where we’re going. And so we have the ideas to make this country better,” he maintained.
According to him, his achievements over the years like massive infrastructural development in education, health and roads will guarantee the NDC’S victory.
President Mahama said his administration will continue to work hard to move Ghana to a new pedestal.
“I’m certain that we will win this election and that by 2021, Insha Allah, by the grace of God, when I leave office, we would have made Ghana one of the model countries in West Africa and Ghana would be the envy of the rest of our sub-region,” President Mahama stated.