A member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP),Dr. Arthur Kennedy, says he is not convinced that Nana Akufo Addo has learnt his lessons.
“I am not convinced that Akufo Addo has learnt his lessons …I believe that as far as the party’s interest is concerned, we need to be very careful about taking back into the fray the same candidate who has lost elections twice for us,” he said
Nana Akufo-Addo announced he will contest the NPP’s primaries to lead the party in the 2016 elections on Thursday.
Speaking earlier on Thursday, Akufo-Addo said that after reflections, he is prepared psychologically and emotionally, for the 2016 elections.
But speaking on Eyewitness News, Dr. Kennedy stated that it was imperative for Nana Akufo-Addo to prove to both the party and Ghanaians that he had grown and learnt from his mistakes.
He also stated that onus lies on Akufo Addo to cause a remarkable change in the party saying “as far as I am concerned, Akufo- Addo has taken us to defeat twice, so he has a burden on himself to persuade us that it will be different.”
According to him, Nana Akufoo Addo would have performed better if he had avoided unnecessary comments such as “all die be die” in the past.
“I think life is a growth process so I believe that the case for retaining him is a difficult one, but I have an open mind and I’m waiting for that case be made,” he added.
He also opined that, it was unethical for party officers to take sides by declaring their support for Akufo Addo.
“It is a blatant disregard for the party’s customs and traditions for party officers, who are supposed to be mutual referees to declare their support for one of the candidates when they don’t even know the field.”