I won’t be surprised if Akufo-Addo wins election – Brig. Nunoo-Mensah

Brig. Nunoo Mensah

Brig. Nunoo Mensah

A former National Security Adviser, Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah (Rtd), has said he will not be surprised if the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, emerged victorious in the December 7 presidential poll.

Asked in an interview yesterday, if he would be surprised of an Akufo-Addo triumph in the upcoming elections, Brig. Nunoo-Mensah, who is also a former Chief of Defence Staff he stated: “Will I be surprised? On what basis will I be surprised? I do not have any fact as I sit here on the political front, so how will I be surprised if he wins? If the people’s choice is him, who am I to say no?”

He added: “I was Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign manager in 1998.  In the early ’40s and ’50s, as young men, we were all after the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah because he gave us hope for the future. After Nkrumah there was no politics in my life until PNDC (Provisional National Defence Council) came and I got involved.

I left and went away to the United Kingdom. I came back in 1994 and I did a bit of politics with the NPP, so, I have served with every major political party in this country. So, today, I see myself as a statesman, not as a politician. That is why if I see people who are not serving the country properly, I speak up.”

“I am not going to say NPP [or] National Democratic Congress (NDC). If NPP did something which I think was right, I say they have done well and same with the NDC: if it is wrong, I say it is wrong.

“I am in Winneba and President John Mahama is in power. He has put someone in-charge of Winneba, yet we do not have water, and so because I am working with the NDC I should keep quiet? If my niece is not paid for months, should I keep quiet? No, I would not do that. So, at this stage, I am someone who will speak on issues that will make Ghana a better place.”

Brig. Gen Nunoo-Mensah (rtd) was appointed a member of the PNDC in January 1982. He, however, resigned in November 1982 over differences with the leader of the junta, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings.

He was the campaign manager for Nana Akufo-Addo’s bid for nomination as the NPP’s candidate for presidential elections in 1998.

Brig. Gen Nunoo-Mensah (rtd) later defected from the NPP to the NDC, then in opposition.

He and a number of former military and police capos were banned from all military and police installations by the ruling NPP administration after they had attended a lunch with former President Rawlings.

Brig.General Nunoo-Mensah (rtd) was very instrumental in the campaign of the opposition NDC in the December 2008 elections in Ghana. -accrafm

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