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Mahama replies Bagbin: 2016 not far away to see me gone


President John Mahama has told his critics, whom he says can’t wait to see him out of office to be patient since 2016 is just around the corner.

He said: “For those who disagree with me and are anxious to see my back, not to worry, 2016 is not too far away. I will urge to be patient and this difficult job; the least one expects is loyalty and comradeship”.

Mr. Mahama also said those questioning his commitment to fighting corruption do not really know him.

“Recently a few of my comrades have questioned my commitment to fight corruption. I dare say they don’t know me”.

The President made the comments when he addressed a refresher programme for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives at the Local Government Institute in Accra on Tuesday.

His comments come on the heels of concerns by former Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, that corruption allegations in the government are not being tackled head on.

Bagbin also accused certain people around the President of frustrating his efforts to gain access to the President to offer him private advice about how to tackle corruption in his administration.

The former health Minister’s tirade sparked a furore, especially on social media, between him and some presidential staffers and Ministers of State.

The President’s veiled response to Bagbin also comes at a time that the governing party’s General Secretary has called for a truce between Bagbin and some appointees of the President.

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