Communications Director of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, as a detractor whose stock-in-trade can be traced to his forebears.

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He said Nana Addo, who does not see anything good of what President John Dramani Mahama is delivering to the good people of Ghana, is portraying the same semblance of those who opposed Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, for their parochial and financial gains.

Three of Nana Addo’s relatives who were part of the Big Six and later broke ranks with Dr. Nkrumah, Nkansah said, were opposed to Ghana’s independence.  J.B. Danquah, Nana Addo’s grand uncle; William Ofori-Atta, Nana Addo’s uncle and Edward Akufo-Addo, Nana Addo’s father, were all opposed to Nkrumah’s “Independence Now” demand.

Nkansah was responding to the latest criticisms made by Nana Addo that President Mahama’s 59th Independence Day speech on Sunday was disappointing.

The three-time opposition presidential candidate said President Mahama should have used the occasion to admit the nation is facing serious challenges that need quick redress.

Speaking to pressmen shortly after the President’s speech, Nana Addo said “I think all of us are aware that we are going through very challenging times in Ghana.

He added the President should have included plans to solve the numerous economic and social challenges facing the country, saying he made no mention of our domestic situation whatsoever.

In a similar independence day press release, Nana Addo said it is unfortunate, however, that fifty-nine (59) years after gaining our independence, Ghana, a country blessed with an abundance of human and natural resources, is in a crisis – evidenced in widespread despondency, brought about by severe hardships, rising cost of living, high levels of youth unemployment, collapsed businesses, unprecedented strikes, demonstrations and increasing poverty. Surely, this is not the vision of Ghana our ancestors had hoped for.

“Let us, however, not despair and lose hope in the ability of our nation to offer her citizens a decent livelihood. Let us stride into the future confident that we will make it if we work at it. I am confident that we can transform our nation and use all the blessings that the Almighty has bestowed on us to bring prosperity to all our people,” he said.

Nana Addo added that Ghana can do it, saying “God did not put us on this rich land to be poor. It is bad leadership that makes us poor.”

But in a rebuttal, the NDC Communications Director reminded Nana Addo that exactly what his uncles and father did to the Osagyefo is what he is doing to President Mahama today, pointing out that his criticism would not wash.

He said during Nkrumah’s regime the same people criticized him for putting up ambitious projects, like the Tema motorway, the Tema harbor and many other landmark projects across the country, but for the benefit of hindsight, he said these projects have become critical to the progress of the nation.

The NDC Communications Director argued that, in a similar fashion, the NPP flagbearer is doing exactly the same thing his forebears did six decades ago.

However Nkansah pointed the Mahama government is resolved and delivering its mandate expeditiously to the expectations of all and sundry and it’s only detractors such as the NPP who are not seeing anything good of the government.

According to Nkansah, the NPP flagbearer is bereft of new ideas and that is why he is always criticizing the Mahama government, saying “Nana Addo has failed to tell Ghanaians what he is capable of doing.”

Source: Mark Boye || The Enquirer

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