I Welcome Competition — Akufo-Addo

Nana Akuffo Addo (3)The 2012 presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has categorically stated that the advocacy by some party stalwarts for Alan Kyeremanteng and two others to step down for him to be elected unopposed in the October 18 National Delegates’ Congress has got nothing to do with him.

According to him, he has always welcomed competition and would therefore, not engineer such calls.

He said while it was not wrong for individuals within the party to express their views on whether he should be elected unopposed, it was equally important for people to know that he believed in competition and would not do anything to undermine this conviction.

The party has slated October 18 for the congress when about 141,000 delegates would elect its flagbearer for the 2016 general elections.

“I don’t make anything of it, that is personal decisions people make whether to contest elections or not. It’s got nothing to do with me, what I know is that usually in our party there is competition and I am ready for competition,” he pointed out.

Nana Akufo-Addo disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times when his campaign caravan arrived in Wa, in the Upper West Region, to galvanise votes for the congress.

He said he was of the belief that the delegates vote emphatically to make him the flagbearer of the party for the third time.

As part of his tour, Nana Addo paid a courtesy call on the Regional Chief Imam and also visited Radio Upper West where he spoke before meeting with party delegates behind closed doors.

Touching on concerns to seek a third slot at the presidency. Nana Akufo-Addo said there was nothing wrong with him citing the late President J.E.A Mills as an example in the country’s recent history.

He said the number of occasions, a person contested for the presidency was not important, rather the vision that drives that individual, adding “first of all there is nothing unusual about going for a third time, even as recently as six years ago, Professor Atta Mills went on the third time so the number of times is not what matters.”

“The presidency is there because it is a vehicle for driving one’s vision and that the way I see it, it provides me with the opportunity to realise the vision I have for the country. A vision a lot of Ghanaians have bought into,” he added.

On his age which has generated so much controversy, he said he would not be the first to contest elections at that age and that his decision will be based on the ability for one to perform and not his size, colour, age or religion.

“If you go into history you will find out that there are so many people who were much older than me, who have been very successful leaders. It is not a question of the age, gender or size, those are not the issues. William Pit was 24 years when he became the Prime Minister of  Great Britain. You have leaders like Winston Churchill who was 70 years, probably the greatest Prime Minister Britain ever had. You have Ronald Reagan in America who was 70 years when he went to the White House,” he said.

Nana Akufo-Addo expressed his gratitude to delegates in the region for the overwhelming support showed him and promised not to disappoint them when given the nod once again.

From Cliff Ekuful, Wa

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