General News of Monday, 5 September 2016
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Murtala Mohammed has said the largest opposition party will be hugely disappointed if it banks its hope on gaining sympathy votes in the December general election, following allegations that its Flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo is suffering from cancer.
According to him, the party has deliberately put out this supposed health information about its Presidential candidate in order to get the electorate to sympathize with him and vote him into power, seen as this is his final try at the presidency after losing three-times.
The US-based magazine edited by Steve Mallory claims the presidential candidate of the NPP Nana Akufo-Addo, is suffering from the life threatening diseases.
The magazine in its report claimed the NPP flagbearer was diagnosed of prostate cancer in June 2013, with a high Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) count of 89.9, very much above the 3.72 upper range it should have been, according to British doctors.
The NPP has accused the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) of being behind the publication which is intended to scuttle the electoral fortunes of Nana Akufo Addo and the NPP.
But speaking on TV3, Murtala Mohammed stated that the ‘Elephant family’ trying tirelessly to push this allegation down the throat of the NDC is absurd, as the NPP has always gone to town with publications from the same magazine when they had hit hard at President Mahama.
“If you are desperately trying that you are going to win sympathy votes out of this, it will not wash. The reason is that the NDC is not doing politics with it. If you have observed we are not commenting on it because we know how hurtful it is when you begin to comment on the health of somebody, when you begin to publish the palms of somebody (late President Mills), the extent to which the family came out and made series of statements and even the doctor stating what led to the death of Prof. Mills, you people said no and went ahead to accuse the President of killing Prof. Mills, so who has given Nana Addo cancer.”
Meanwhile, Prof. Adu Gyamfi, the personal doctor of Nana Akufo Addo has dismissed claims that the latter is suffering from cancer.
But in an interview on News File on Joy FM, Prof. Yaw Adu Gyamfi stated that Nana Akufo Addo is fit as a fiddle, adding that the rumours about the three-time Presidential Candidate’s health is without merit.
“Nana Addo’s PSA as done in June 2016 is 0.03 well below the fall level and is well…well below the 89.9 quoted in the article. He doesn’t have any cancer, if he had cancer with that kind of thing with that kind of thing, he’ll not be able to be run around as he’s doing.”
He added: “Then the articles goes on to say that he has acute renal problem injury, large heart and all that. When you have acute renal failure usually you are unable to pass urine, Nana Addo if anything drinks water freely where ever he goes and eats whatever is put before him. He cannot have any kidney problems and he does not.” Prof. Yaw Adu Gyamfi, stressed.