President John Dramani Mahama was reportedly faced with difficulty making his way through a thick crowd who had trooped to give him a rousing welcome when he visited his hometown, Bole for the Christmas season.
This is contrary to social media reports that the outgoing President found himself in the midst of a hostile, jeering crowd who booed and hooted at him by locals when he went to spend the Christmas in his hometown.
A video circulating on social media shows a huge crowd chanting “We want John” as the security personnel had it tough controlling the ecstatic crowd who were bent on shaking hands with the president.
The MP-elect for Bole, Alhaji Sulemana Issifu said: “The negative reports making rounds never happened. This is pure propaganda. It was rather a teeming crowd who wanted the president to speak to them the night he landed in Bole. It was an emotional moment because they were not prepared to leave, but it was also late in the night and there was no PA system but they insisted they wanted to hear the president. He continued: “These are people who had lined up the streets for well over three hours upon hearing the news that President Mahama was coming to town. So why will the same people boo or heckle him. It is false and I can tell you the President was given a rousing welcome and you can tell from the videos and the pictures all over.”
He adds: “At a point, the First Lady Lordina Mahama asked me ‘are your people aware the president lost the elections?’ This should tell you that we are not going to turn our backs on our own. The love here is deep and Mahama had about 80% votes in the elections. The propaganda on social media won’t wash and I want to state that the people of Bole love Mahama and we’ll never neglect him.”
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