Bernard Allotey Jacobs, Former Central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress

Veteran politician, Allotey Jacobs, has commended former President John Mahama on his meeting with Gabby Otchere-Darko over the controversial Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy).

According to the former Central Regional National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chairman, Mr Mahama has proven to be a good leader with the move despite agitations from party supporters.

“We believe in personality worship and cult but for him to meet Gabby Otchere-Darko shows leadership because sometimes you should tower about your supporters and make sure the interest of this country is paramount,” he acknowledged.

Mr Mahama in a Facebook post on Wednesday indicated that he has not had any conversation with the President on the controversial Bill, currently before parliament.

However, he revealed, he hosted a stalwart of the New Patriotic Party Mr Otchere-Darko at his residence at the request of the President on December 21.

Mr Mahama said the conversation with Mr Otchere-Darko focused on pertinent issues of national interest and not the substantive issue of the e-levy Bill.


But reacting to the development on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen, Chairman Jacobs stated it was a step in the right direction although the outcome of the meeting cannot be predicted.

“Gabby is not the political leader but he is a pseudo-political leader. I mean in democracies we have that kind of people who can influence, generate and regenerate so I accept that.

“But as to whether he will succeed. If he succeeds, it is in the good interest of the good people of Ghana,” he added.

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