Founder and leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), Dr Hassan Ayariga has said he has dismissed his running mate Emmanuel Carl Bartels and General Secretary Razak Kojo Opoku from the party.
He said his action followed a secret negotiation between the duo and leadership of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Friday, which resulted in Mr Bartels and Mr Opoku endorsing NPP flag bearer Nana Akufo-Addo in the 7 December polls.
While a statement jointly signed by Mr Opoku and Mr Bartels endorsed Mr Akufo-Addo, another statement issued by Dr Ayariga said he will officially endorse his preferred choice on Monday, 28 November.
Below is the full statement issued and jointly signed by Mr Opoku and Mr Bartels
APC DECLARES SUPPORT FOR NANA AKUFO-ADDO FOR THE 7TH DECEMBER 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
The National Executive Committee (NEC), the 10 Regional Executive Committee (REC) and majority of the parliamentary candidates of the All People’s Congress (APC) declares support for Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 7th December 2016 general election.
This endorsement of Nana Akufo-Addo has become very necessary considering the high level of incompetence, corruption, mismanagement of the economy, high rate of unemployment, killer taxes, collapsing of the private sector businesses, high utility bills, nepotism, tribal politicking etc. under the 8 years rule of John Mahama NDC.
Enough is enough and the trending song now is change of incompetent John Mahama Presidency. We strongly believe that Only Nana Akufo-Addo can offer Ghanaians a more credible, incorruptible and transformational leadership than all other Presidential Candidates contesting the 2016 general election. We shall seriously campaign for the Victory of Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP for the remaining days to the general election.
We shall provide Ghanaians with interesting revelations within FIVE (5) Days to the 7th December 2016 general election that shall cause the massive defeat of John Mahama and the NDC. We are equally entreating all APC members across Ghana to campaign vigorously and vote massively for Nana Akufo-Addo, the only credible Presidential Candidate for the 2016 Presidential Election. Nana Akufo-Addo agenda for jobs creation is the only solution to the socio-economic transformation of Ghana.
Upon sober reflection, we strongly believe in the 1 District 1 Factory, 1 Village 1 Dam, 1 Constituency $1million as doable and feasible Policies. However, we wish Hassan Ayariga (APC Founder & Leader) well for his personal decision to endorse John Mahama for the Presidency on the 28th November 2016 at the Aviation Social Centre. We are urging all Ghanaian Voters to vote against the NDC and reject John Mahama in accordance with Revelation 3:16.
Finally, we are passionately appealing to Ghanaian voters to honour Nana Akufo-Addo with their votes in accordance with Deutronomy 5:16 so that all of us can be guaranteed of financial and economic healing in accordance with Acts 5:16. #VoteforChange #Vote Nana Akufo-Addo as President For and on behalf of the Leadership of All People’s Congress(APC).
Razak Kojo Opoku (APC General Secretary)
Emmanuel Carl Bartels (2016 Vice-Presidential Candidate)
However, Dr Ayariga’s counter-statement said the membership of the APC and the general public should ignore the statement from Mr Opoku and Mr Bartels. It added that: "The founder and leader Dr Hassan Ayariga together with the National Executive Committee and the National delegates will officially endorse one of the seven presidential candidates tomorrow, 28 November 2016. Until that declaration is made by Dr Hassan Ayriga, any other news of the APC in support of the NPP is mere propaganda and null and void."
It is recalled that Dr Ayariga endorsed President John Mahama in the 2012 presidential election.
Below is Dr Ayariga's statement
DR. HASSAN AYARIGA TO ENDORSE A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ON THE 28TH NOVEMBER 2016
Dr. Hassan Ayariga (Founder & Leader of the All People's Congress) together with the National Delegates Congress of the APC (the highest decision making body of the Party) will endorse 1 of the 7 Presidential Candidates for the 7th December 2016 Presidential Election on the 28th of November 2016 in Accra at the Aviation Social Centre, Airport at 10:30
All Delegates from the 275 Constituencies, 10 Regional executives, National Council of Elders, Parliamentary Candidates and the National leadership shall be in full attendance.
For and on behalf of Dr. Hassan Ayariga, the National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Delegates Congress of the All People's Congress.
Dr. Hassan Ayariga