'Really Sad What Politics Can Do To a Fine Mind!' - Mahama Chides Nana Akomea on Ex-gratia

John Dramani Mahama, the recently re-elected 2024 flagbearer of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has responded to a call on him by Nana Akomea, the Managing Director of the State Transport Corporation (STC), to stop accepting ex-gratia payments from the state.

Speaking on Peace FM's 'kokrokoo' programme last week Nana Akomea said he would demonstrate in his stance on abolishing ex-gratia when Mahama returns to power.

"So, you, President Mahama, today if you claim you don't believe in the ex-gratia, the ones that you have taken, we know that you have spent it already, so we can't say that go and bring it . . .but the challenge I am giving to him is that the ones he will be taking from this month May, he shouldn’t take it, he should stop taking the ex-gratia, the same way Togbe Afede stopped and returned his own, he should follow the same principle," he told host Nana Yaw Kesseh that the ex-president was receiving ex-gratia.

Mahama responding to Akomea in a Twitter post on Friday said he receives a monthly pension and not ex-gratia as Nana Akomea claimed.

"My friend Nana Akomea. Really sad what politics can do to a fine mind! I don't take ex-gratia. I receive a monthly pension," John Mahama tweeted.

Watch Nana Akomea's submission on Peace FM's 'kokrokoo' programme.