Akufo-Addo: Concede Defeat Quickly For Ghana's Sake

Sun, 9 Dec 2012 Source: Thompson, Kofi

By Kofi Thompson

Those who seek to lead our homeland Ghana, must always put the interests of the nation and the well-being of ordinary Ghanaians, above their individual self-interest and that of the political party they belong to.

Naturally, having lost the presidential election yet again, it is natural that the candidate and leadership of the New Patriotic Party will feel devastated and despondent.

However, it is at precisely such a moment that the leadership of the New Patriotic Party can demonstrate to Ghanaians, that indeed they seek the well-being of our nation - and as a political party are thus truly worthy of leading our country again.

They can do so by quickly conceding defeat, and urging their followers to look to the future - when the people of Ghana finally give them the mandate to govern again.

One therefore urges them to take a long-term view and set an example, which will redound to their party's benefit - in similar circumstances in future elections.

Above all, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo must demonstrate his love for Ghana - by following the late President Mills' example in the 2004 presidential election.

Let him ignore all those around him who may argue to the contrary, and quickly concede defeat - for the greater good of the Ghanaian polity. It will definitely earn him a place in the Pantheon of great Ghanaians. A word to the wise...

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Columnist: Thompson, Kofi