I Am Ready For Special Congress – Akufo Addo

Nana Akoffu-AddoThe 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa  Akufo-Addo has declared that he is ready for the August 31 Special Electoral College of the party.

He denied an assertion that he is running away from the race, saying he is rather looking forward to it.

The statement signed and issued by Eugene Arhin, press secretary to Nana Akufo-Addo, was in reaction on a story carried by Ghana News.

According to the story, one Lawyer Owusu-Yeboa, the Volta Regional Coordinator for Nana Akufo-Addo’s presidency had petitioned the party’s leadership to cancel the Special Electoral College slated for August 31, 2014.

The statement denied that Lawyer Owusu-Yeboa is the Volta Regional Coordinator for Nana Akufo-Addo, rather Joseph Kweku Nayan, former Member of Parliament for Nkwanta North.

“He is all in favour of the constitutional provision which calls for a Special Electoral College to shortlist the number of candidates to five, and as such, he is currently  making a strong case to the delegates of this Special Electoral College for their votes”, it said.

The statement said the story was mischievous and that if, indeed, there were candidates  who may wish to run away from the August 31 contest, then Nana Akufo-Addo was certainly not one of them.

For the avoidance of doubt, it noted that Nana Akufo-Addo had absolutely no reason to associate himself with the petition sent to the party leadership, which questioned the basis of the constitutional provision calling for a Special Electoral College before the National Congress, scheduled for October 18, 2014.

“It cannot be the position of Nana Akufo-Addo that the constitutional provision for a smaller Special Electoral College, where more than five candidates have filed to contest, is inconsistent with the provision that allows that a shortlist of five to go before a much larger electoral college of the National Congress”, it said.

Contrary to the story in the ‘Ghana News’ story, the statement assured the delegates that Nana Akufo-Addo has been confident of his chances on both August 31 and October 18, 2014,  to become the 2016 presidential candidate of the party.







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