A presidential aspirant of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Joseph Agyapong, has admonished Ghanaian politicians to shun extravagant lifestyles and accept the values of modesty and humility in view of the current economic challenges to serve the people of Ghana.
According to him, the current labour agitations in the country were clear indication that Ghanaians were not happy with the extravagant lifestyles political leaders led at the expense of the ordinary man on the street.
Mr. Agyapong gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of the Central Regional Delegates’ Congress of the CPP in Cape Coast during which new officers of the party for the region were elected.
“This attitude has gone on for more than 30 years. The National Democratic Congress (NDC)was in power for 20 years and over, eight years for the New Patriotic Party (NDC), just look at the lifestyles they all lived. Even though the civil servants are doing all the work, yet their salaries are not good, why would they not agitate?”
Mr. Agyapong believed that until politicians shunned greed and became modest, labour agitations would continue.
He appreciated the concerns and request of members of the Ghana Medical Association, but appealed to them to consider the lives of innocent Ghanaians that were at risk, and reconsider their decision to resign and call off their strike.
He pointed out that from all indications, the NDC and the NPP had failed Ghanaians and pleaded with Ghanaians to give the CPP another opportunity in 2016 for Ghana to regain its dignified status in Africa and the world.
Mr. Agyapong who was optimistic to be the leader of the CPP in 2016, said the party would live within the standards of the economy, and promised accountable governance for the people when voted into power.
Ms. Samia Yaaba Nkrumah, Chairperson of the CPP explained that the initiative to form political alliance was one of the steps to bring all Nkrumahist parties under one united party, to form a formidable force to wrestle power from the ruling NDC in 2016 to ensure the continuation of Kwame Nkrumah’s vision.
Prof. Edmund Nminyem Delle, an aspiring National Chairman, expressed worry that Ghana and Africa for that matter did not have any ideological training and self-sacrifice.