General News of 2014-06-18

Akufo-Addo is NPP’s best bet for 2016 – Fmr flagbearer Aspirant

A former flagbearer aspirant of the main opposition New Patriotic Party, Dr Barfour Adjei-Bawuah says his party is better off going into the 2016 elections with Nana Akufo-Addo as its presidential candidate than any other.

The former Ambassador to Japan told XYZ Breakfast Show host Moro Awudu on Monday that the two-time presidential candidate and former Attorney General is the NPP’s best bet for winning the next elections.

“Looking at experiences, looking at having a heart for the country, looking at a certain kind of preparation to be able to run the country–because it’s not everybody who can run a country, and there are examples and all that–the NPP will be better advised, really to go in for somebody who, by anybody’s measure is in a position to deliver what the country needs at the moment and to be able to point the country in the right direction,” he said.

Dr Adjei-Bawuah, who is one of 17 candidates who contested Nana Akufo-Addo and 15 others for the Party’s flagbearer slot in 2007, says: “…In spite of the fact that there is the breadth of what people might call choices…you can’t under any circumstances ignore the fact that going for Nana Addo will be the best position to take as a party.”

So far six people have picked nomination forms for the presidential primaries. They include Nana Akufo-Addo; Esikado-Ketan MP Joe Ghartey; former MP for Offinso North, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku; MP for Assuogyaman, Mr Kofi Osei Ameyaw; former Information Minister, Stephen Asamoah Boateng and the MP for Mampong, Francis Addai Nimoh. The aspirants are paying GHc10, 000 for picking the nomination forms and will pay GHc75,000 as filing fees.

Others expected to also pick nomination forms include former trade minister Alan Kyeremanten, Subin MP Isaac Osei and heart surgeon Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng.