General News of 2014-01-06

NPP race: I can stand again – Isaac Osei

One of the five presidential hopefuls of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2010, Isaac Osei says he could stand again.

“I stood before and I can stand again”, the former Ghanaian Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland in the Kufuor administration, told Moro Awudu on the XYZ Breakfast Show on Monday.

Though he refused to state categorically if he will run again ahead of the 2016 general national elections, the former Chief Executive of the Ghana Cocoa Board said he will make an announcement to that effect at the right time.

Pressed further by Moro Awudu to declare a stance, the Subin Legislator said: “circumstances change, things change and decisions have to be made on the basis of what is happening around you”.

The party’s General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, recently told XYZ News that the door is closed to all aspirants eyeing the presidency in 2016, except for the party’s twice-defeated presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

His comments followed a public pronouncement by another former Aspirant, Alan Kyeremanten, that he is still interested in contesting.

Months earlier, another failed aspirant, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, took issue with the party’s Secretary for expressing blatant bias for Nana Akufo-Addo.