A group calling itself Concerned Assembly Members Association of Ghana, CAMAG, which is made up of assembly members from various Electoral Areas across the country, has said its members are ready and willing to vote for former President John Mahama in the 7 December 2020 polls so that he can fulfil his promise of paying assembly members.
At a press conference in Tamale, the group’s national coordinator David Atta Twum, said the assembly members will vote based on policies, “especially those that will inure to their benefit”.
“So, let us not cloud ourselves with our political colours to destroy what will help us, let’s all endeavour to assess whatever promises that come with regard to our collective welfare”, he urged.
“We also call on all assembly members and well-meaning Ghanaians to support His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress, toward the welfare of assembly members, i.e., paying each assembly member a monthly allowance”, he told journalists.
“It’s not because we believe that NDC must come back to power again but we believe that the time has come for those who seek to govern us to consider the welfare of honourable assembly members and this we are ready to pursue to the last drop of our blood”, he explained.
“So, going forward into election 2020, if you have his Excellency John Dramani Mahama promising and not just promising but telling us how he’s going to make it possible to make sure that 28 years of our fourth republic, assembly members are considered in his next administration, then there’s a call for us to rise up, there’s a call for us to campaign from house to house, door to door, room to room, bed to bed, market to market to make sure that His Excellency John Dramani Mahama is elected as the president of the fourth republic of Ghana”, he added.
The group also expressed disappointment at some government officials who have described Mr Mahama’s promise as impossible.
“It’s obvious that you will hear from the other side, those who are supposed to know better, instead of them to give us policy directions, instead of them giving us alternatives for us, the assembly members, to consider whether what they are giving us is good or bad, they are rather downplaying this policy”, he observed.
“Some are telling us it is not constitutional. Then the question we ask ourselves is that: those who are saying it’s not constitutional, what is their purpose at the parliament house?” Mr Twum asked.