The running mate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has described as “propaganda and lies” claims by some members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the party funded his education.
According to the chief scribe of the NDC, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Dr. Bawumia’s father was the Chairman of the Council of State under the erstwhile J.J Rawlings administration and that so it was through that connection that he got a scholarship for his son Bawumia to study abroad.
“Upon Bawumia’s return from abroad, Dr Kwabena Duffour was the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, and because of his father’s position he got a job at the Bank of Ghana where he was gradually promoted to become the deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana. He is a true NDC person whom the NPP has taken as their running mate.”
But reacting to claims in a press statement, the renowned economist now turned politician described such assertions as untrue and baseless since by 1992 he had finished his Masters Degree and was pursuing his Ph.D studies at the Simon Fraser University which he financed through fellowships and teaching assistantships.
“In fact, the NDC as a party was only formed in 1992 when I was mid-way through my Ph.D studies at Simon Fraser University which was financed through fellowships and teaching assistantships.
“So which part of my education (from primary school to Ph.D) was financed by the NDC? When did the government of Ghana ever offer me a scholarship? I will ask the General Secretary of the NDC to respond and not run away like they did when I presented them 170 facts from my recent lecture”.
He charged his political opponents on the side of the political divide to focus on facts and desist from peddling falsehood and fabrications just to tarnish his image.