Executive Director of policy Think-Tank, Imani Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe has rubbished suggestions Nana Akufo-Addo should take a back stage in Ghanaian politics due to his age.
Nana Akufo-Addo recently declared his intention to contest the New Patriotic Party’s flag bearer race and if possible, lead the party during the 2016 presidential election.
His critics, especially those from the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) said he was ageing and should give up in the presidential contest.
But contributing to Citi FM’s current affairs and news analysis programme, The Big Issue, Franklin Cudjoe disagreed with such political pundits and opined that age does not matter in politics.
According to him, age should not be a determining factor when one is seeking the highest office of the Presidency.
He recalled, “First they said this man was a cocaine dealer, he doesn’t smile and that he is arrogant but he got five million votes during the last elections.”
Franklin Cudjoe insisted that there was nothing wrong with the NPP 2012 flag bearer’s decision to contest the 2016 presidential election at age 72.
He therefore suggested that Ghanaian politicians should decouple age from who is qualified to lead the country as president.
“We need to understand that if we do not delink the issues of age from the way we do our national politics we will be running ourselves down,” he stressed.