In the Jubilee House, senior aides to the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia sometimes steal glances at each other anytime he takes turn to address them on national policies.
Nobody pays attention to the vice president anymore, as he is seen by the hardliners at the presidency as a non-performing asset, who failed to rise up to the occasion when it mattered most, asempanews.com understand.
The ever-beaming vice president now looks like a dead man walking, waiting to be taken to the firing squad, since the government
announced that it was going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout, after running the once buoyant economy aground.
Interestingly, there is a general view among the inner circles of the vice president that Dr Bawumia has not been allowed to bring his economic wizardry to bare as the head of the economic management team.
Sources familiar with the recent happenings at the seat of government indicated broadly that the vice president believes if his consistent cautions and “professional advice” were widely considered, the prevailing economic conditions could have been prevented.
“Dr Bawumia is irked by how the finance minister has managed the country’s finances.
“There is a general feeling within the presidency that the vice president has not be utilized.
The decision by government to go to the IMF for a bailout last Friday has attracted a storm from criticisms from political watchers who accused government officials of mismanaging the economy.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at an event in November 2020 is reported to have said that going to the IMF is a confirmation of bad governance and mismanaged economy.
“You remember that the NDC government had to go to the IMF to rescue the economy. That was indeed a rescue mission! It was clear that the Mahama-led NDC Government had lost its way, failed Ghanaians, and did not have any idea how to get us out of the ditch it had driven us into.”
In his estimation, the IMF program is a confirmation of bad governance which begs the question, what message will Bawumia present to NPP delegates and Ghanaians at large as he seeks to lead the party in the impending 2024 general election.
The IMF appears to be the â€˜final nailâ€™ in the coffin for the ambition of Dr Bawumia whose hitherto popularity has plummeted with majority of Ghanaians not enthused about him as they did in the lead up in the 2016 elections.
The dissipation of Bawumiaâ€™s once cherished status which earned him the tag of â€˜Economic Messiahâ€™ whose teachings, Ghanaians could not have enough of in the build up to the 2016 elections is due to a number of factors.
The introduction of the Electronic Transaction Levy nicknamed the momo tax appeared to be the last straw until the IMF program.
The cedisâ€™ poor performance against the dollar which now stands a GHC8 per dollar also did Bawumia no favours as he had in opposition promised to â€˜lock up the cedi and give the key to the IGPâ€™.
The rising cost of living, the ever increasing fuel prices and it resulting impact in transport fares have dealt Bawumiaâ€™s popularity major blows with his chances in the 2024 election declining as the days go by.
The return to the IMF which is a departure from the governmentâ€™s Ghana Beyond Aid agenda and a confirmation of its failure to handle the teething economic issues is perhaps the biggest blow to the ambition of Dr Bawumia who intends to be the face of the NPPâ€™s break the 8 mantra.