Nenyi George Andah, a marketing guru and leading member of pressure group, Occupy Ghana, has stated that although he is not an angel and has his own shortcomings, his work for Occupy Ghana is not related to his political ambitions or beliefs.
Mr Andah’s announcement Monday that he would contest the Awutu Senya West parliamentary primaries on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has generated debate as to the motives of Occupy Ghana, which prides itself as a non-partisan group.
The announcement revived concerns among a section of the public, especially some members of the National Democratic Party (NDC), including the party's National Organiser, Kofi Adams, that Occupy Ghana was a political offshoot of the NPP.
Mr Adams has alleged that Occupy Ghana is "covering up for what they are not".
"They claim to be Ghanaians who are not partisan but it is very clear that a pack of them are working to get Nana Addo elected," he said.
But in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM Monday, Mr Andah rejected the assertion.
“Occupy Ghana is not George Andah. Occupy Ghana is bigger than George Andah.
“I don’t see how whatever George Andah does could be seen as negative for the image of Occupy Ghana," he said.
Mr Andah, who had stints as marketing chief with telecoms giants, MTN, Glo and Airtel, described claims that Occupy Ghana was an appendage of the NPP as mischievous, adding that they were calculated to distract the public from what he said were the good works of the group.
“There is nothing that makes Occupy Ghana as a group an NPP group,” he emphasised.
He said he decided to contest for MP because he wanted to serve Ghana, adding: “I’ve been sympathetic towards the NPP, but I have a lot of very good friends in the NDC.”
Mr Andah said: “If it is the will of the people, I’m ready to serve my country. I’m looking to serve my constituency.
“There are certain values and principles that every true occupier lives by. And there is no way that living by those values makes you any less a Ghanaian.
“It makes you a better Ghanaian. It makes you a new Ghanaian and I guess that we need that crop of leaders testing the political waters and putting themselves up to serve the country.”
Meanwhile, Mr Andah has written to the leadership of Occupy Ghana, asking to step back from the core leadership of the group.
"Some of us have had to come out and take a stand for God and Country, realizing that sitting on the fence is no longer an option. I know we are no angels, but I can say that I will do what I have to do for God and Country," he wrote.
If Mr Andah wins the NPP primary, he would be contesting the NDC’s, Hannah Tetteh, for the Awutu Senyah West seat in 2016, should she get to represent the NDC again.
Madam Hannah Tetteh, who is also the Foreign Affairs Minister, won the seat in 2000 and served for one term as MP.
She did not contest her seat in the next election, but returned to Parliament in 2013 after winning the seat in 2012.
Source: Samuel K. Obour |
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