General News of Saturday, 3 September 2016
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has revealed the strategy he adopted in winning the 2000 elections with the Great Alliance.
He said Nurturing, perseverance and persistence were the driving forces behind his victory at the polls saying “whatever you are doing I believe in God’s mercies so grace should be there. But it’s the same God that endowed us with knowledge and as the adage goes, God helps those who help themselves.”
The Former president who has been speaking on the ‘Dream Oval Thoughts Transfer Series’ monthly forum that focuses on inspiring and nurturing young minds to do, added that it’s about nurturing you to pursue realistically and pragmatically the things that you see in your vision that you believe given the chance you can help make a difference.
According to him, it took him a great deal of determination to win the election, after his defeat to the NDC’s Jerry John Rawlings in 1996, a man he describes as a “superman” at the time.
“That’s why in 1992 when I went for my party’s nomination I was rejected but I went again, and the same people who rejected me in 1992, said yes to me in 1996 to challenge Rawlings. And Rawlings was like a superman then. But when he was declared a winner I said don’t worry; he [Rawlings] signed the constitution that provided for only two terms so let’s see whether he wouldn’t step down after 2000. Fortunately, he stepped down for late President Mills to come and thankfully Ghanaians gave it to me.