After a six-month sojourn in the United Kingdom to cool off – following the presidential election petition heat – the 2012 presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is on his way back to Ghana.
DAILY GUIDE is reliably informed that after six months away in London, Nana Akufo-Addo will finally return to Ghana on a British Airways flight in the early hours of Thursday March 6.
Sources said there is a plan for a welcome reception at the airport, but an aide to the NPP chieftain has, however, pleaded with the general public not to mass up at the Kotoka International Airport to meet the man who is likely to lead the NPP again in 2016.
‘Nana is very uneasy about that prospect. He is very touched about all the excitement relative to his return home, but he is pleading with his supporters to stay away from the airport. He has, however, said that all well-wishers who wish to welcome him back home are free to come to his residence, near the Nima Police Station, that afternoon. He will be happy to receive them there,’ according to the aide.
Previous arrangements of his return to the country had been called off, but this time around, all is set for his arrival.
Thursday March 6 is Independence Day; a public holiday in Ghana.
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Nana Akufo-Addo is billed to deliver a public lecture as the main speaker for an event to be organized by the prestigious Royal African Society to mark 57 years after Ghana’s independence in 1957, in London tonight.
The 2012 presidential candidate of the NPP is expected to deliver another visionary speech and give hints on his own future in politics.
Since he left the country after the election petition at the Supreme Court challenging the legitimacy of John Mahama as president, Nana Akufo-Addo has not spoken at any major public event.
His speech on the day of the judgement, accepting the controversial 5:4 majority verdict of the Supreme Court, shot up his status as the quintessential statesman.
He is credited for actively ensuring peace in the country with his principled respect for the rule of law and being able, with the help of the NPP National Chairman Jake Obestebi-Lamptey, to convince his party’s angry and frustrated supporters to, in the interest of the nation’s peace and stability, remain calm and accept the decision of the court as final in good faith.
On Saturday night, a high-powered ministerial delegation left Accra on board a British Airways flight for London.
Their mission was pure and simple: to neutralize a speech to be delivered by Ghana’s former foreign minister and a possible challenger to President John Mahama in 2016, Nana Akufo-Addo.
President Mahama, not known to take any chances when it comes to public relations, has sent his foreign minister and most trusted political ally in the governing party, Hannah Tetteh, to face Nana Addo as the second main speaker.
Sources say the organisers had initially invited Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK, Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo, a cousin of Nana Addo, as a second speaker, but he was dropped for Hannah Tetteh.
To the government, tonight’s event is a perfect opportunity to ‘cut Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision down to size. After Free SHS, we are not so sure what the veteran politician can come up with,’ a source at the Presidency told DAILY GUIDE during the weekend.
Ms Tetteh is not going alone. According to sources at Ghana’s High Commission in London, her delegation includes Finance Minister Seth Terkper; Minister of Communications Dr Edward Omane Boamah and Deputy Information Minister Felix Ofosu Kwakye.
When DAILY GUIDE checked on the website of the Royal African Society for programme updates last week, the tickets to the free event at the Brunei Suite, SOAS, University of London, were already oversubscribed.
Chairman for the event is Lord Boateng. Other speakers are Dr Michael Amoah, Research Associate, Centre of African Studies and Manji Cheto, Analyst/Vice President, Teneo Holdings.
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