Veteran politician and former Ghanaian President, John Agyekum Kufuor, in clear words has insulted past administration while hoping for more New Patriotic Parties (NPP) victories in the future.
The much loved Ghanaian leader accused National Democratic Congress (NDC) government left the presidency and the economy in tatters. According to him it will take about 20 years to clear the “mess” they left behind.
John Agyekum Kufuor’s statement may not actually be a surprise to many. Shaming past administrations once a political party wins the mantle of leadership is a common political trait in Africa and in some countries of the world.
According to him, he says Ghana was in a state of comatose for the eight years of NDC’s regime.
Side by side to his claims were requests to keep the NPP in power for as long as it will take to transform the West African country.
“The NPP has the DNA to always implement pragmatic policies and programmes to develop the country, but the huge rot that the NDC left behind, we need at least four to five electoral victories to clear it and bring about growth.”
He said this during the party’s annual Delegates’ Conference in the Central Regional capital of Cape Coast few days ago. By 5 electoral victories, Kufuor implied 20 years of NPP leadership.
His statement follows the recent confirmation that the incumbent president, Nana Akufo-Addo will be running again for office in 2020.
Before now, the 8 month old president made a comment that suggested he may not be having a re-run after his first term.
In reaction to critics who threaten not to vote him for a second time, President Nana said this:
“I’ve been told there are young men who have said they voted for me and if I continue down this way they can be sure that they will not vote for me again in 2020. Well, [for] the 2020 vote it’s not clear if Akufo-Addo’s name will be on the ballot in the first place.”
Tackling the shaky economy and creating jobs was the President’s scoring point during his campaign days. Though still early, Ghanaians are itching for a response.
On that, President Nana has said that his administration’s focus is on boosting private sector.
Still on the NPP delegates party, John Agyekum Kufuor rendered an address on the theme, NPP: Delivering On Our Promises, Our Roots, Our Strength, Our Future.
He is confident that the NPP has what it takes to take the country to where it should be. Going further on, he preached oneness and reminded party members to uphold unity and to jointly work for the party’s general good.
“Don’t wash your dirty linen in public; if you have any concerns just channel them through internal party processes and solve them peacefully so that Nana Akufo-Addo’s government would enjoy the needed peace and concentration to develop the state.”
Employing party think tanks “for the proper development of the country in this computer age” was also a suggestion he dropped for the house.
Present at the occasion were President Nana Akufo-Addo and the First Lady, Rebecca amongst others.