I’m the best choice for NPP - Addai-Nimoh
In a campaign that dares the established names and faces, Mr Francis Addai-Nimoh says he offers energy, youthfulness, neutrality, a unifying force and the ‘David’ factor in the contest to become the New Patriotic Party’s flag bearer for the 2016 presidential election.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Mampong in the Ashanti Region is one of seven aspirants vying for the presidential candidacy on the party’s ticket, and he says he remains the choice with the brightest prospect not only to win power for the NPP, but also to redeem the nation from the prevailing economic crisis.
In an interaction with the media in Wa before heading into a meeting with the Upper West Regional executive of the party, the 49-year-old civil engineer said, “In life, we make progress; there comes a point in time when a leader emerges depending on the prevailing circumstances."
He said such a time had arrived within the NPP for redirection to prosecute the agenda of winning political power and breathing new life into the socio-economic development of the country.
“I am a unifier, a neutral and a David in the NPP, in that I am the youngest of the seven aspirants just like David in the Bible.
“Leadership is not only about the age of a candidate; it is also about the maturity and competence of the individual,” he said.
In the discussion which spanned the various sectors of the Ghanaian economy and the solutions that could solve the apparent challenges, Mr Addai-Nimoh displayed knowledge of the national geography, the people’s cultures and the opportunities that lie in even the remotest parts.
He said he acquired such knowledge when he was in charge of monitoring and evaluation at the Ministry of Roads and Highways and his job demanded that he travel to the ends of Ghana’s boundaries.
He said his upbringing and education, including the O’Level days at the Navrongo Secondary School in the Northern Region, inculcated in him the values of selflessness, credibility and care, which he showed to the party faithful and eventually to the entire nation.
The two-term MP holds a second degree in Public Administration and is currently the ranking member of the parliamentary sub-committee on environment, science and technology. These credentials, he said, would be translated into solving the basic needs of the country by working to ensure food sufficiency and food security.
“When you are able to feed the people, you liberate their minds to think about other matters that bring development,” he said.
As perhaps the least known face among the seven aspirants, he reckoned the challenge that faced his campaign, but said, “it is always possible to rise from unknown to known as David in the Bible did."
He said the recent phenomenon of public endorsement of some candidates by party delegates was in contravention of the rules that governed the process.
Mr Addai-Nimoh said it was incumbent on the candidates in the race to demonstrate strict adherence to the rules which forbade delegates, including parliamentarians, from publicly endorsing candidate(s) in the election process.
“I am not intimidated by these public endorsements, but it is most unfortunate since they contravene the spirit and letter of the guidelines,” he said.
He urged his supporters to be decorous throughout the campaign period and urged other candidates to act in ways that would not jeopardise the harmony and unity of the party.
“The leaders must demonstrate the tolerance and decorum they preach. There must be no place for hypocrisy,” Mr Addai-Nimoah said.