Akufo-Addo Cools Off In U.K.

akufoUKThe 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Ghana on Sunday, with his wife Rebecca, to the United Kingdom for a short break.

A statement issued by his office yesterday said he would announce his political future upon his return home.

The statement, signed by his Aide, Herbert Krapa, said: “Nana Akufo-Addo wishes to use this opportunity to call on his party, the NPP, to be united and strong for the battle ahead, as he remains convinced that Ghana’s progress and the Ghanaian people’s prosperity depends largely on an NPP administration”.

The statement said the former Attorney General “also requests his supporters and sympathisers to remember him in their prayers” as he takes a “political time out”.

It said: “the battle continues to be the Lord’s”.Nana Akufo-Addo announced that he was taking a short break from politics after Ghana’s Supreme Court upheld President John Mahama’s election in its verdict on the election petition case filed by the 2012 NPP flag-bearer, his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and party chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey.

He has since been inundated with calls from party leaders and supporters to have a third try at the presidency on the ticket of the NPP as flag-bearer.

The lobbying, started by the party’s General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, sparked a debate about the propriety and timing of such calls.

Amidst the debate, a suspended founding father of the NPP, Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby, advised Nana Akufo-Addo to travel outside the country for peace of mind.

In his absence, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, his vice presidential candidate in the 2012 elections and the second petitioner in the election petition case would represent him on the party’s nation-wide ‘thank you tour’.

Addressing supporters of the party from the Greater Accra Region before departure, Nana Akufo-Addo noted that although the NPP disagreed with the Supreme Court verdict, he and the party accepted it in the interest of the nation and peace, explaining that the decision not to seek a review was for the same reason.

“The other important thing remaining after thanking the Lord is to thank the over five million Ghanaians who voted for us, at least according to the declaration of the EC (Electoral Commission)”, he said.

Nana Akufo-Addo stated that since the 2012 election was over, it was now necessary to look ahead to the next elections and for the party to ensure that it met all the conditions for victory.

He appealed for unity in the party, saying as it conducted the various internal elections, the party must ensure that it was not torn apart.

“Let’s remember that at all times, we are brothers with a common cause. So I appeal that in going about our various internal elections, we do so in decorum. The hard contests are not with ourselves. Unity is critical”, he said.

Nana Akufo-Addo stated that the NPP had the best message in the country’s political landscape. He noted that the hard work that needed to be done was getting those who did not vote for the NPP to understand the message of the NPP which included economic transformation, access to free, quality education, strengthening the National Health Insurance Scheme and the message of good governance.

The 2012 NPP presidential candidate said the NPP and the tradition which it came from have no dictatorial tendencies.

“This party has never been about the cult of personalities. Since 1992, we have had three presidential candidates, Prof. Adu – Boahen, John Agyekum Kufuor and myself; each one has been elected by democratic means and whoever would be elected for 2016 will be elected by democratic means.

Therefore, those talking about people trying to impose me on the party, don’t know the party. Maybe they are talking about a different party”, he noted.

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