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Video of Mahama sharing money show's he's compassionate - Ablakwa

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
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Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has stated that the video of President John Mahama sharing money to some traders at the Agbogbloshie market in Accra was going to positively affect the president's campaign rather than handicap it as people believe.

A video emerged this week of President  Mahama sharing what has been confirmed to be GHC50 notes to some traders at the Agbogbloshie market during his campaign tour there.

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Many lambasted the president who was then in New York for the 71st UN General Assembly for engaging in vote buying but while  Chief of Staff in an interview on Joy FM Thursday morning stated though he had not watched the video, President Mahama could not have been distributing money because president's do not carry cash on them on their travels other NDC communicators outrightly condemened the video describing it as fabricated.

But later information revealed some traders had indeed receieved GHC50 each and that beneficiaries were given the money because they had their wares destroyed as the crowds struggled to catch a glimpse of the president.

Speaking on Joy FM's Newsfile, Mr Ablakwa stated that though the party's response could have been better coordinated, the publication of the video in itself was good for President Mahama's campaign because it shows that he is compassionate.

"The president said he saw a woman selling eggs get pushed down. Being compassionate, he decided to help her", he said.

According to him, "contrary to what people think, President Mahama was not splashing money around. He was being compassionate"

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