New Patriotic Party’s flagbearer in the 2008 and 2012 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo has described as false, claims of strained relations between him and former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
According to the former Attorney-General, he enjoyed enormous support from the former president during his bid to run for the presidency in both occasions.
Reports in sections of the media suggest a fractured relationship between Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor and the twice defeated presidential hopeful. Some aspects of these reports have been attributed to factions within the NPP opposing Nana Addo’s third attempt to lead the opposition party ahead of the 2016 elections.
But in a statement issued Friday, Nana Akufo-Addo dismissed the claim insisting he and Mr. Kufuor “remain in regular communication with each other”.
“In 2008, President Kufuor, when President of the Republic, supported fully my bid to become president of our country and gave me his unstinting assistance. Likewise, in 2012, the support I received from him was unflinching, as it was during the entire course of the now famous election petition.
“It remains my firm conviction that his two-term government, in which I had the privilege to serve as Attorney General and Foreign Minister, has been the best government this country has had, and I am proud to have been a member of it”.
He urged party faithful to respect the view expressed by the former president that “he does not support any particular candidate [ahead of the NPP primaries to elect a flagbearer] and will work to help whoever emerges from the presidential primary as the party’s candidate”.
“These false allegations do not bode well for our internal cohesion as a party, and I plead with all members who have been fed with these untruths to desist from propagating them any further. Such unguarded pronouncements could give our opponents comfort from their non-performance”.
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