Outspoken stalwart of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Maxwell Kofi Jumah says the decision by two-time presidential candidate of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to contest again as flagbearer serves the party’s best interest.
According to the former NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Asokwa, if Nana Addo had failed to run again, the call for unity in the party would have been impractical and “bogus”.
“So many people would have indicated their desire to contest if Nana Addo had refused to run again and that would have caused widespread factionalism within the party. For the sake of party unity, I believe it was extremely important that Nana Addo decided to run. If not, there would have been divisions,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday ended speculations about his political future and openly declared that “when the party opens nominations for presidential candidates sometime this year, I shall be ready to contest the NPP presidential primaries for the 2016 general elections.”
“The message from Ghanaians who are not NPP members including supporters of other political parties…We have heard your message. We know who you are and what you stand and we’re ready to vote for in our numbers in 2016. In spite of all the disappointments of the last few years, I cannot ignore these calls.
“I am profoundly grateful that so many people consider me worthy to lead this promising nation of ours even at a young age of 70. Fortunately for me, I choose two career where there’s no retirement age; Law and Politics,” he added.
In an interview with Peace FM’s News Kofi Jumah, also known as “Kofi Ghana”, expressed delight at Nana Addo’s decision.
To him, “In the interest of the party, Nana Addo had no option than to run. The massive support for him now will result in the NPP winning the 2016 polls.”