Nana Akufo-Addo
Nana Akufo-Addo

BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT BY REFORM FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT MARCH 24, 2013 70 YEAR OLD NANA-AKUFO ADDO COERCED AND MISLED TO CONTEST ? CAN HE BE ENTRUSTED WITH THE POLITICAL/FINANCIAL STATE OF GHANA?

Nana Akufo-Addo
Nana Akufo-Addo

After months of indecision and ground political coercion by his inner close?party associates and forces outside the party, Nana Akufo-Addo announced his ambition to lead this great country Ghana at the age of 72 years by deciding to contest the NPP flagbearership race at 70 years old. This is to the great satisfaction and expectation of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The NDC?s great satisfaction and expectation ahead of the 2016 elections stem from the fact that Nana Akufo-Addo?s declaration coupled with his frontrunner position in their flagbearership race speaks to the indictment of the weak state of their party and current state of leadership with respect to their
readiness and/or preparedness to govern this country again?. more than Nana Akufo-Addo?s own electoral credibility to be considered credible to challenge President John Dramani Mahama?s second term re-election bid.

The gamble with the candidature of Nana Akufo -Addo is a true reflection of not only a weak party?s state/leadership but also individual/collective quest for internal party control, influence and authority for a possible electoral miracle in 2016 and/or for 2020 proper. To this end, the inner close political associates of Nana Akufo-Addo for their continuous influence, authority and power have and/or are exploiting not only his old age, failing health for intended sympathetic votes but have succeeded exploiting his well-documented financial indebtedness to coerce him to contest the NPP?s flagbearership race.

His candidature, therefore, is it for debt repayment? Or to serve the genuine interest of Ghana? This is dangerous, pathetic and it is being done without considering the interest of the state. Without doubt, Nana Akufo-Addo?s best ages, sound health is far behind him and his capacity now to personally
influence things and/or even managing his own campaign is increasingly
becoming suspicious let alone entrusting him with the political and financial state of Ghana.

Inner close associates including Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (aka Sir John), Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia have vowed to carry him on a stretcher or push him in a wheel chair to make him president. For whose benefit? And/or at what cost to the nation? Nana Akufo-Addo like those electing to defend him cannot with a joke lightly dismiss his age and its impact on his health in
the name of his doctors in Ghana and in London by assuring corporate Ghana of his health. By the NPP?s own standard with respect to former President Mills ? We will demand without an apology after their flagbearership race a full public disclosure of his health status.

In addition request for his birth certificate to be sure he is even not
older than 70 years. For it is a fact that people have been increasing
and/or decreasing their ages for personal gains. Nana Akufo-Addo cannot escape NPP?s own set standard of health for the presidency. It must be emphasized that against all wise counsel, the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) made the age, health and capacity/competence of former President Mills an election issue before the people of Ghana.

Their position was variously supported by some so called intellectual Dons from our Universities, the Clergy and to some extent think- tanks argued then as verily valid in that a person?s age, health and competence/capacity cannot be divorced and/or delinked in the overall scheme of governance with respect to leadership.

This gained weight with the unfortunate passing-on of former President J.E.A Mills ? So this is an election issue as well as a matter bothering on governance and leadership. The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not dignify the discredited leadership of IMANI Ghana with a response on this issue. Their hatred for the NDC Government/Party is well known and their ignorance, double standard.

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