Transition We have acted in 'utmost good faith' - Mahama

At a meeting with the Catholic Bishops Conference in Accra Wednesday, President Mahama said: “Transition has gone smoothly so far and we are engaging each other in utmost good faith.”

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President John Mahama has indicated that his transition team has acted in “utmost good faith” in the ongoing transition to hand over power to the incoming Akufo-Addo government.

At a meeting with the Catholic Bishops Conference in Accra Wednesday, President Mahama said: “Transition has gone smoothly so far and we are engaging each other in utmost good faith.”

The president’s statement comes on the back of criticisms by the NPP that he is making some ‘last minute’ appointments and contracts with just some few weeks to hand over power.

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Many say the appointments were made to deliberately place the incoming government in an uncomfortable situation since the president’s term ends on January 7.

The NPP has since filed a suit challenging the authority of the President to make such last minute appointments.

Yaw Osafo Marfo, the spokesperson for president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo on the joint transition said such appointments have been done in contravention of an earlier agreement at the Transition Committee’s meeting of December 19, 2016, that such appointments would be done subject to consultation with the Presidential Transition Committee.

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But President Mahama has insisted that his decisions remain valid as far as he remains the President of Ghana until January 7, 2017 when he hands over power Nana Akufo-Addo.

“Of course our democracy is evolving and so there are some constitutional issues that have definitely come up as to whether a president still remains a president after he’s lost an election.

“I believe that convention would answer those questions or legality might answer those questions but whatever we agree to do, we set the pace for the future. We will continue to work together in the interest of Ghana,” he said.

President Mahama also indicated that he is elated to be handing over “a peaceful and stable nation” to Nana Akufo-Addo just as he inherited it from his predecessor.

“I inherited a peaceful and stable nation from my predecessor and I’m happy to hand over a peaceful and stable nation to my successor,” he said.

He further urged the people to give their support to Nana Akufo-Addo as in his success “will bring prosperity to all Ghanaians notwithstanding our ethnic or political affiliations”.

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