Following the bold step taken by the first and second ladies in refunding of allowances received, focus has shifted to the former First Lady, Lordina Mahama, calling for her to take a page our of her successor’s playbook by refunding all allowances she received while she was in office.
This call has been fueled by some members of the governing New Patriotic Party, who are insisting that she returns all the money she enjoyed as first lady between 2012 to 2016 to the state.
Pointing this out, General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu said; “Let me say this emphatically, former President Mahama’s wife, Lordina Mahama, must, as a matter of urgency, refund all monies paid to her since January 2017 till now.
“Those she received as far back as 2009 should also be refunded. The monies she has received from that time till now would amount to GH¢3.2 million.”
Following in his footsteps, the party’s youth organizer, Henry Nana Boakye has threatened to embark on a demonstration if Lordina Mahama does not refund the money.
“…The First Lady having heard the discussions going on about their allowances and upon sober reflections has decided to refund all allowances paid her since 2017 as recommended by the committee. So we expect the former First Lady
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The latest to make such call is the Bono Regional Chairman of the party, Kwame Baffoe Abronye who said on Neat FM that it will be a good move on the part of Lordina Mahama to refund the money.
“Whatever has been given to any former first lady must be declared by the Supreme Court as null and void. Lordina Mahama enjoyed allowances and must return it”. Meanwhile, Sammy Gyamfi, the Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress has revealed the amount of money enjoyed by Lordina Mahama as allowance. “The agreement was that all former first ladies who were facing some challenges were going to receive some allowance every three months. The Rawlings government did it for Fathia (Nkrumah), Busia’s wife and other former first ladies.
“They also did it for sitting spouses that every three months, they’ll be given some allowances. The money was not huge. In fact former first lady Lordina Mahama took GH¢8,000 every three months. The allowance was not the only thing the country did for them, they were given offices for their charity works and other activities. Government paid for the operation of their offices and gave them cars,” he said.