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Nov 2, 2013 | Politics

Bagbin lied; he is an enemy within - Stan Dogbe suggests

One of the three wise men, Alban Bagbin
One of the three wise men, Alban Bagbin

A presidential staffer has gone biblical quoting Mathew 13:24 suggesting that former Majority Leader is an enemy within the government after he "ridiculed" the President John Mahama in public.

Stan Dogbe is accusing Mr Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin of lies after he claimed the president is inaccessible and does not have the political will to fight corruption.

In a facebook post, Stan Dogbe described Bagbin's claim as "unfortunate" because even presidential staffers have access to the President.

He also accused Bagbin of failing to tackle reported cases of corruption at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital during his time as Minister for Health.

Mr Bagbin, who is one of the three Wise Men in charge of government special projects, last Friday pooh-poohed government's measures to fight corruption in the country, saying much is left to be desired.

According to him, even worsening is the reality that the President is not accessible.

'So many of you will be surprised that even though we are there we don't have access to the president to talk to him.

'Recently, I had to call the president for me to say since I cannot get you people in private to advise, I will start advising you in public, because I am deeply worried about the situation in Ghana.

Bagbin's comments has generated alot of public discussions that has left government unenthused.

Stan Dogbe has vented his displeasure on social media in an article titled "Hon Alban Bagbin lied about the president and that is unfortunate".

It is hereby fully reproduced.
I want to believe that the quotation published by as coming from the MP for Nadowli is not what he actually said. Because, more often than not, when people say things and are quoted, they are quick in private discussions to deny flatly and claim that they were misquoted.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fight against corruption, and if talking down to people including the President is what will make some happy that indeed they are fighting corruption, then it is welcome.

My colleagues and I and indeed a large section of the Ghanaian population know that he (President John Mahama) has been working quietly towards managing what clearly is a challenge facing our country. Corruption is not a disease afflicting the political class only, and it is sad that Hon Bagbin would even want to join the chorus that suggests that it is the case.

What is happening inside Korle Bu, assuming without admitting that it is the case, is it been perpetrated by politicians? Indeed, the media is worse off when it comes to improper behavior relating to unconscionable acts including what are worse forms of corruption. Are these politicians?

It therefore requires the collective will of all towards tackling what is clearly a development that we must all be concerned about. The workers in Korle Bu, the civil servants, the police officers, the journalists, the city guards, the dvla workers are our brothers, sisters, children, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunties, girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives etc. Are they all siblings or children of President Mahama?

What concrete actions did Hon, Bagbin take as Minister for Health when issues of concern arose in Korle Bu? If he had acted decisively and in the manner he is spewing out now, would we have been where we are?

It took the new board constituted by the late Mills to start checking the system and identifying the loop holes which it also started to seal. Didn't we read media cohorts of the 'persons involved in these acts' making noise about the board bringing in people to do this and that? Would we have been there if Bagbin acted and performed the functions assigned him as Minister for Health? If you failed, leaving the issues to deteriorate why do you now come and blame the President who just came into office and is quietly tackling the issues?

President Mahama is the calm type like his former boss, the late John Mills. But their demeanor cannot and should not be a basis for unwarranted attacks and lies about them because they will not make any public comments.

Mr. Bagbin talks about being deeply worried about how the country is being governed and he is unable to reach the president. If you are unable to reach him as you claim how did you then reach him to tell him you'll be going public with your advice? Meanwhile, Mr. Bagbin knows he was lying to the people of Ghana and the world when he made these claims.

He has at no time called the president to pass on that message. The public and the media are free to find out from other staffers at the President, which of them has a difficulty in reaching out to the President.

When Mr,. Bagbin was a Minister of State, how many of the people who wanted to see him went beyond the first floor to be able to have access to him? Was that not because he clearly was occupied and working? Must the president come to work and open his doors and say whoever want to see me, come in?

Obviously not. But having said that, everybody who wants to see the president knows what to do to see him. Would Bagbin say he wants to see the president and be told No? How is that possible?

President Mahama is and remains one of the most accessible and available Presidents of our time. From his home, to his office, to his guest house during regional trips, he has always opened up and listened to everybody and it can even been a protocol nightmare because many of this meetings and visits are unplanned and untimed.

Why go out and lie about a former colleague MP and now President? What is it that can motivate one to engage in such media attacks on the leader of your party in your quest to portray to who that you are more concerned and committed to solving the problems of Ghana more than any other.

Millions of ordinary Ghanaians, through the President's direct public engagement channel, ASK THE PRESIDENT, a button on his website, interact with him and share ideas and concerns and suggestions with him. Has Hon, Bagbin submitted to the president any paper on anything and has been told to come take it away?

Through this online platform, and the president's direct email, [email protected], he continues to learn at first hand many of the concerns of people, reports of attempted fraud, poor customer service in various public institutions, acts of corruption among others, and which are all being investigated and acted upon.

Our great party is the party for this country because we have our country at heart, and our president reflects that vision and concern for our country. We cannot for our own personal political reasons continue to destroy and dent the image of the president in the manner that we do.

I am a young man, yes. But I have been around long enough to know that if we destroy the leader, the vehicle will not remain strong for us to use to champion whatever ambitions we also hold.

Yes, why respond to Hon Bagbin at all. But why must he lie and expose the President of our beloved country and leader of our dear party to public ridicule when he knows very well that he was only spewing out falsehood against an innocent man.

Couldn't our honorable senior had made his views known about the fight against corruption without attacking the president unjustifiably and lying against him?

The claim that he had to recently "call the president for me to say since I cannot get you people in private to advise, I will start advising you in public, because I am deeply worried about the situation in Ghana", is false and a big lie. No such call was placed by Bagbin to the President.

President John Mahama remains accessible and will be accessible.

Mathew 13:24.

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