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Founders Day: We’ll resist Akufo-Addo – Portuphy

Sir Kofi Portuphy NDC Chair National Chairman of the Kofi Portuphy

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 Source:

The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Portuphy, has said the party will team up with all other forces to oppose intentions of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to impose his family on Ghanaians, with regards to the Founders Day debate.

Mr Akufo-Addo has decided to propose legislation to Parliament to designate 4th August as FOUNDERS DAY, and 21st September as KWAME NKRUMAH MEMORIAL DAY, both of which will be observed as public holidays.

A statement signed by the Director of Communications at the presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin, said: “... In the meantime, the President has issued an Executive Instrument to commemorate this year’s celebration of KWAME NKRUMAH MEMORIAL DAY as a public holiday.

“This means Thursday, 21st September, which hitherto was marked as Founders Day will now be celebrated as Nkrumah Memorial Day in honour of Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.”

But in a statement on Thursday, September 21, Mr Potuphy said: “The NDC serves notice that we would team up with all progressive forces and all well-meaning Ghanaians to resist the Danquah clique to impose their family history on Ghana. The NDC serves notice that should President Akuffo Addo and the clique succeed in cancelling the September 21st as Founder’s Day celebration of Osagyeo, the party reserves the right to restore the day as such when God willing, it assumes office in 2020.

“On this auspicious occasion, the NDC renews its commitment to national unity. We recognise the untiring efforts by Osagyefo in leading Ghana to independence in the face of obstacles placed in his way by known politicians in that era. Nkrumah’s place in the history of Ghana as its Founder is unassailable. We urge all Ghanaians to draw inspiration from this great man of humble upbringing who eschewed ethnocentrism and bequeathed to us a united country to be proud of.”

The statement added: “Nkrumah’s thoughts and ideas continue to inspire people all over the world. Several academic institutions worldwide celebrate his leadership and intellectual attainments. Truly, Nkrumah never dies.

“On the eve of this year’s anniversary of Founder’s Day, Ghanaians were taken aback by an announcement which sought to downplay the historical significance of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah as the undisputed Founder of modern Ghana. The Danquah clique is determined to rewrite history and confer on that family, a status they do not deserve in the anti-colonial struggle of the Gold Coast. In furtherance of their agenda to rewrite the history of Ghana to serve his family’s interest, President Nana Addo, last week served notice of his intention to institute his own version of Founder’s Day and downplay September 21st which is currently celebrated as Founder’s day in memory of Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

“The self-serving agenda by the Danquah clique of historical revisionists is to place their family history above all else in Ghana in defiance of all the facts and evidence available. It is an agenda that is detrimental to national unity and cohesion and must not be allowed.”

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