Akufo -Addo Postpones Feb 27 Homecoming

EU-ECOWAS TROIKA-TREFFEN IN WIENNana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the twice defeated presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has postponed his scheduled return to the country.

He left the country in August, last year, days after the Supreme Court shot down his petition which sought to invalidity the Electoral Commission’s declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as the winner of the 2012 presidential election.

Nana Akufo-Addo has since being sojourneying in the United Kingdom with his wife, Rebecca seeking the face of God and was scheduled to arrive in the country on January 27, to announce his political future.

The ‘Times’ has however gathered snippets of information that the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice in the Kufuor administration would now delay his home coming for strategic reasons and political expediency.

A deep throat source told this paper yesterday, that 2012 presidential candidate of the NPP did not want his arrival to coincide with the pending regional and national polls of the party.

“We do not want any other presidential candidate to read meaning into in long-awaited arrival as if he (Nana) wants to use his return to unduly influence the outcome of these polls.”

“Our opponents can give his return unnecessary twist and turns to hurt our chances, and we will not give them that opportunity, he will arrive at the appropriate time”, it added.

In a related development, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a close confident of the Nana Akufo-Addo posted on his Facebook wall comments that seemingly corroboration the delayed arrival.

“I’ve heard a lot of moves to welcome Nana Addo’s return on January 27th, two days after the regional elections of the NPP. Encouraging but, really, considering he has been able to keep himself out of all the internal jostling for positions and the big one is due March 1, is there not a case for him to continue same way and stay put to return after March 1st?

“Fostering unity is key, let him maintain his distance to the end, if you ask me. An extra six weeks away may do more good and no harm.”

Eventhough, Nana Akufo-Addo has not formally declared his intention to contest the party’s presidential primary geared towards the 2016 general elections, he has already received overwhelming support from his party’s top notches.
They include the incumbent General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, incumbent Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and a former Member of Parliament, Paul Collins Appiah Ofori amongst several others. By Ian Motey

By Ian Motey

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