I Am A Serious Politician — Effah-Dartey

effah_darteyCaptain Nkrabeah Effah-Dartey (Rtd), aspiring General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), says he is a serious person and a politician who would surprise the entire nation soon.

“My critics who go about saying I am not serious and that I am a singer are rather big jokers. My doors are always open to them who do not know me well, to come closer and know who Effah-Dartey really is,” he said.

Dr. Effah-Dartey was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview on Monday in Koforidua.

“What the hell do they mean by I am not serious. I am a successful lawyer in my own chambers with over eight lawyers and I have a very beautiful wife who holds a Masters Degree and is currently in the United States,” he said.

“I have four strong sons, the first is a lecturer in a university in China, the second a graduate from University of Ghana, the third and fourth are both at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology pursuing Law and Medicine respectively. Where lies the claim that I am not a serious person?”

Capt. Effah-Dartey said if those critics were serious themselves, they would have known that he has been “a serious politician” and that such persons should refine their perception about him.

On why he continuously sang the song, “ma twen Awurade anim”, he said if that was why people perceived him to be non-serious, “then they have failed”.

“I have a covenant with God to sing to glorify Him because of the great things He has done in my life; I do not sing because of politics, but I sing to praise my merciful Maker,” he said.

Dr. Effah-Dartey went down memory lane and said he had been handcuffed and imprisoned five times including sleeping beside a dead body for 24 hours in the condemned cells.

He said on three occasions, assassins had gone to his house to kill him, but that did not materialise, adding that, “for 60 times I have been involved in serious motor accidents; and so if God has saved me from all these and I sing to praise Him, do you say I am not serious?”

Touching on the upcoming national election of the NPP executives, Capt. Effah-Dartey said he was going to win the General Secretary slot hands-down.

He said statistics had shown that any political party that wins the Brong-Ahafo Region carries the nation “and this is true from Dr. Nkrumah’s time till date”.

He said the NPP desperately needed to recapture Brong-Ahafo Region from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) with powerful personalities such as Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary, Yaw Boateng Gyan, National Organiser, First Lady, Lordina Mahama and Cecelia Johnson, Chairman of the Council of State hailing from the region.

“Brong-Ahafo is not a monopoly of any party, but it always goes to the party that has the best strategy and message and I am hopeful that in 2016, with me as General Secretary, the NPP will recapture the region and gather more seats to make our presidential candidate the President of Ghana,” he said.

Capt. Effah-Dartey said as a unifier and a diligent politician who did not belong to and did not believe in camps but the NPP, “I am the right person the party needs this time to help win power in 2016”.

He was a two-term Member of Parliament for Berekum and Deputy Minister of the Interior, Local Government and Rural Development in President Agyekum Kufuor’s administration.

When asked whether he had abandoned his flag-bearership ambition, Capt. Effah-Dartey said, “no comment”.


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