Nana, Still The Best Man For NPP

PC_Appiah_Ofori_1Former Member of Parliament for Asikuma Odobeng Brakwa, Paul Collins Appiah Ofori has backed calls for the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo to lead the party in the 2016 general elections.

He said Akufo-Addo “should not dream of retiring from politics because he is the man Ghanaians are yearning for in 2016”.

Nana Akufo-Addo who is on a political break after conceding defeat in the just ended Presidential Election Petition has said he would announce his future political plans later.

Even before the 2012 presidential candidate of the NPP announced his political plans, some leading members in the NPP led by General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie were already rooting for his candidature.

‘Sir John’ as he is popularly known has maintained that Nana Akufo-Addo would be Ghana’s President in 2016.

However, some political pundits were of the view that the NPP would not win the next general election if Nana Akufo-Addo who would be 72 years in 2016, became their flagbearer.

They argued that Nana Akufo-Addo who lost to the late Professor John Evans Atta Mills and President John Mahama in 2008 and 2012 elections respectively cannot deliver victory for the party.

But PC Appiah Ofori maintained that it was “senseless” for anyone to argue that Nana Akufo-Addo would be too old for the presidency in 2016.

According to him, if 90-year-old Robert Mugabe remained President of Zimbabwe, why not Akufo-Addo who would be only 72 in 2016.

The former Asikuma Odobeng Brakwa MP noted that but for the malpractices at the Electoral Commission in 2012, Nana would have been President and thus cannot be said to be a “bad luck” for the NPP.

He observed that it would be politically suicidal for the NPP to change a winning team.Mr. Appiah Ofori added that if the NPP wishes to make Nana Akufo-Addo its presidential candidate in 2016, he [Nana] has no other choice than to accept it.

“Nana is a winnable candidate and I am convinced he stands a great chance of winning in 2016. He will get more sympathy votes in 2016 and I will support him”. Source: myjoyonline

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