General News of 2013-12-12

Apraku's hypothesis on Akufo-Addo flawed - Hamid

Aide to the 2012 New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Moustapha Hamid, has described as flawed arguments that Nana Akufo-Addo must be changed as flagbearer on the basis that he failed to win the elections on two previous attempts.

He was reacting to assertions by Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, campaign manager of the NPP in the 2012 elections

Dr. Apraku insists Nana Akufo-Addo does not deserve a third chance because he has failed to bring victory to the NPP on his two previous attempts.

He deflated the arguments that Nana Akufo-Addo had been marketed well and would make the NPP's work easier if they were to maintain him for the 2016 elections.

“For any [person] to say that somebody is marketed; marketed by who? Whose standards? What is the basis of the assessment of that marketing”? he asked in an interview with Joy News.

He argued that for a person to be described as well marketed, that person must have won the election but that is not the case for Nana Akufo-Addo. He said even John Mahama, who campaigned for barely five months, was able to win an election.

Dr. Apraku said the party must do a lot of soul searching and take the right decisions devoid of emotions.

But speaking to Joy News' Evans Mensah, the aide to Nana Akufo Addo said the hypothesis by Dr. Apraku that Nana Addo should not be given a chance for the third time is flawed.

Moustapha Hamid argued the late John Evans Atta Mills is a testimony that people can win elections even on a third attempt.

John Mills lost the 2000, 2004 elections but won the 2008 edition in a cliff-hanger of a run-off.

He continued: "circumstances or reasons for which people vote change from election to election so that the same candidate can be maintained for an opposition party but if circumstances change, and people feel the economy is not being run properly and government is being mismanaged, people are likely to vote for the opposition leader they rejected in the previous elections."

He added that by saying that if the logic of Dr Apraku is anything to go by, then he does not need to compete in the party's presidential primary because he lost on two previous occasions.