Those Lobbying For Nana Addo 2016 Are Doing So Because Of Their Selfish Interests

Almost a week after the curtain was drawn on the case before the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the 2012 general elections, political parties have begun restructuring to galvanize their support base. The question, as to who would lead the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 election is also generating much debate after Nana Akufo Addo, the 2012 Presidential hopeful on the ticket of the NPP, made clear his decision to take a break from active politicking. However, there is a school of thought that suggest that Nana Akufo Addo should be maintained because of the fact that he has already been ‘marketed’ enough to the electorate and is likely to win sympathy votes; championed by the party’s General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Sir John. There are those who also hold the view that Nana Addo is far advanced in age and has left his foot prints in the ‘sands of political history in Ghana’ so therefore, a different and younger flagbearer would be ideal for the next elections. But a Political Science Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has stated that the lobby for Nana Akufo Addo to lead the NPP in 2016, is simply a well calculated gimmick that is “not in the interest of the party and that of Nana Addo”. Kwesi Amakye says “the announcement by Sir John is not for the common good of the NPP, neither is it for the country. I don’t think it is not in the interest of even Nana Addo. I don’t think he would want things like this to be said about him at this material moment in time. “...the extent to which individuals would want to take advantage of the issues, time and position to serve their personal interest. This is part of it.” Mr. Amakye told Asempa Fm, on Tuesday. The university teacher further opined that, Sir John’s call for Nana Addo to run for the 2016 presidential elections is an “information coming out of a well thought out plan”, which is self-centered.