Nana Akufo-Addo, lead contender in NPP’s flagbearer race says he is confident a decision by fellow candidate Osei Ameyaw to step down and back him will provide a formidable force for his campaign.
“It will be my intention and I hope it will be okay with him [Mr Ameyaw] that he campaigns with me so that we can present this force to the party and to the country; that the NPP, contrary to what people want to put out [is united]”, said Akufo-Addo.
The two-time presidential aspirant of the opposition party made the comments when Kofi Osei Ameyaw, called on him at his residence after announcing his withdrawal from the race to lead the party in 2016.
Mr Ameyaw, who is also Member of Parliament for Asuogyaman Constituency of the Eastern Region, told journalists Thursday, he was stepping down to support Akufo-Addo’s effort to wrest power from the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
With this action, Osei Ameyaw has become the second of five aspirants contesting the flagbearership slot to step down.
A final election on October 18 – the National Delegates Conference – will choose a leader for the 2016 general elections.
Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Joe Ghartey pulled out of the race a day after results of the Super Delegates’ Congress, which reduced the number of flagbearer aspirants from seven to five, were declared.
Akufo-Addo said the race to represent the party when presidential elections open in 2016, goes beyond the NPP.
“It’s not about us [NPP]. It’s about our country. We have a government that is not performing, that is not addressing the issues confronting our people. Our educational system is in a mess, our health system is in a mess. There is widespread unemployment in the country”, Akufo-Addo said.
He said Osei Ameyaw must be congratulated for stepping down to support his campaign.
The race to lead the party for the 2016 elections is now between Akufo-Addo, Alan Kyerematen and Francis Addai Nimoh. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | George Nyavor | [email protected]
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