The Minority Leader in Parliament and Member of Parliament for Suame in the Ashanti Region, Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu says Ghana, at this moment in time, needs the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to save the country from imminent collapse.
Mincing no words in describing Ghana as a country that is riddled with ram-pant cases of corruption and economic meltdown, as a result of bad governance and mismanagement of the economy by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, Mr Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu stated that ‘we need the Nana Akufo-Addo-Dr Bawumia ticket to save this nation.
‘This is the time for Nana Akufo-Addo and Bawumia in the NPP. In Nana Akufo-Addo, we have one of the best lawyers in this country. Ask for the best two lawyers in Ghana, and Akufo-Addo is one of them.He is the true definition of a legal luminary. In Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, we have an economic whiz-kid, an economic wizard who is extremely intelligent. This is the ticket that will neither disgrace Ghana nor the NPP,’ the Minority leader stated in his endorsement of the Akufo-Addo candidature.
Mr Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu made this known when he addressed delegates from the Ashanti Region who voted in the August 31 Spe-cial Electoral College, which saw Nana Akufo-Addo receive an overwhelming 80.81% endorsement. The occasion was when Nana Addo visited them as part of his ‘Thank You’ tour.
‘The AG’s department is now an emporium for corruption. We never heard that when Akufo-Addo was Attorney General. The level of rot in this country, in every aspect of the econo-my, is unprecedented. Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawu-mia are the men for the kind of Ghana we want to find ourselves in. They are the men who can fix the mess created (by President John Mahama) and bring relief to Ghanaians,’ he added.
Defends Addo Kufuor
Mr Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu also used the occasion to register his displeasure at the lies and vilification being levelled against Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor, a for-mer Defence Minister by persons belonging to the campaign team of Alan Kyerematen.
It will be recalled that Hilda Addo, at the launch of the campaign of Mr Kyere-maten, which she subse-quently repeated on several media platforms, stated that Dr Kwame Addo-Kufuor did not support his own brother, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, in the 1998 presidential pri-mary contest.
The Minority Leader described these claims as lies aimed at destroying Dr Addo-Kufuor, and to a large extent, to create rifts between members of the NPP and between members of the Kufuor family ahead of the December 2016 election.
Mr Kyei Mensa-Bonsu recalled how the then Ashanti Regional Chairman, Dr Donkor Fordjour, had threatened to resign from the party following the defeat of Prof Albert Adu Boahen by John Agyekum Kufuor in the 1996 presi-dential primary of the NPP.
Dr Donkor Fordjour’s threat was premised on the fact that the NPP, which claimed at the time, that it did not lose the 1992 elec-tion, and in its wake wrote the ‘Stolen Verdict’, had changed Prof Adu Boahen in favour of J.A. Kufuor.
‘If they do not know, let me remind them. Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor was the one who begged Dr Donkor Fordjour not to resign because of his broth-er’s victory. Everyone who knows Dr Fordjour knows the contribution he subsequently made to the campaign of J.A. Kufuor in 1996,’ the Minority Leader revealed.
He further revealed that ‘Dr Addo Kufuor was the Chairman of the fundraising committee in the Ashanti Region, under the leader-ship of Dr Donkor Fordjour, which raised large sums of money to support the campaign of President Kufuor.’
Likewise during the 1998 Sunyani contest, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu recalled the role played by Dr Addo-Kufuor in support of J.A. Kufuor’s candidature.
‘So today, because of a party contest, people will stoop so low to lie about such a man as Dr Addo-Kufuor and his immense contributions to the NPP and Ghana. What do they seek to benefit from such lies? Such persons and utterances do not have a place in the NPP,’ he added.
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