Former President John Dramani Mahama has boycotted this year’s Independence Day anniversary celebration in Ho, Volta Region.
Mr. Mahama said he would not be part of the 66th Independence Day celebration in Ho today.
The 2024 flagbearer hopeful of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) accused the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of hijacking the Independece Day adding that they have turned it into a jamboree for party people.
Mahama explained that he doesn’t want to be part of a celebration that has been turned into a partisan one with party people bused to the venues.
“I just came from the Volta Region, and just when I was leaving they were preparing to celebrate the Independence Day. I have stopped going to Independence day because it has become a party jamboree. I went to Tamale and they told GBC to take the camera off me, they bussed their supporters in and filled the whole stadium.
“When I got into the stadium the place was quiet, I went and sat, they gave me some corner somewhere, I went and sat there and they occupied the dais. When any of them came [the supporters] shouted.
“I said I don’t want to be part of this party jamboree. Independence is a solemn national celebration that is celebrated at Independence Square and everybody could come. Today, they bus their supporters in, they have party flags, and they are wearing party T-Shrts, I don’t want to be part of the party jamboree,” he said while speaking at the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Professional Forum Dinner and Awards Night in Accra on Sunday, March 5.