Politics of Monday, 30 May 2016
The country would be disadvantaged if Ghanaians make a mistake to elect Nana Akufo-Addo as president in the November polls, NDC National Organiser Kofi Adams cautions.
His warning is rooted in his claims that the NPP presidential candidate has disintegrated otherwise a “formidable” party he inherited from former President Kufuor.
“The party has clearly been disintegrated through the action, initiative and direction of Dr. Nana Akufo-Addo.
“The NPP today is a party everybody within it fears to speak his mind knowing too well that the anything that would be visited on him would either be an acid bath, or killed in the night when he is expected to be resting. That is the type of leadership that he is offering,” he observed.
Kofi Adams was reacting to a statement by Nana Akufo-Addo in France on Saturday that whilst some neighbouring countries have made giant strides in the last 5 years, Ghana, however, within the same time frame, and under the leadership of President Mahama, is going backwards.
“Cote d’Ivoire, five or six years ago was coming from civil war. The election in 2010 led to 100,000 displaced people, 3,000 people were killed as a result of the election between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara. In five years, because of good, strong leadership, Cote d’Ivoire is today the number one investment destination in Africa. They are growing at 9% a year and we are growing at 3.9%. Last year, Cote d’Ivoire earned over $12 billion in exports of its agricultural products. In the same time, we earned $2 billion,” he said.
But Kofi Adams told TV3’s News@10, Sunday evening that “Something really is wrong on the side of Dr. Nana Akufo-Addo because every other day he speaks, he gives credence that …this man no longer knows what is happening in Ghana and what is happening around him so he just get out there, he is given information and he puts it out, without checking.”
He maintained that President John Mahama has since assumption into office been investing in various sectors of the economy which he said would culminate into a total development of the country.
He said Akufo-Addo’s analogy “tells you clearly that Ghana must not make a mistake of having Nana Akufo-Addo the leader of this country otherwise, we will be seriously disadvantaged.”
He further stated, “a country that has not suffered war and has seen a certain consistent growth would not have the same space to grow as higher percentage like one that has suffered a decline because of war, so there is opportunity to invest in many other areas that were doing well previously which has just gone in…France that he was speaking at has not collapsed because its growing at one percent or 1.5%. So you must ask yourself nine percent over what?”