I have energy to floor Mahama in 2016 – Akufo-Addo

General News of Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Source: Daily Guide

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer for the 2016 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, says he has ‘ener­gy’ and ‘commitment’ to lead Ghana as president.

“I believe I have the energy; I also have the commitment, and those are the two things that are driving me,” the experi­enced politician said on BBC’s Democracy Day panel discussion in Lon­don yesterday.

Ghana’s former Attor­ney-General and later For­eign Minister was one of the few experienced African politicians who were invited to discuss democracy and gover­nance as part of the UK’s 750th anniversary of first Westminster Parliament and 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta.

The Magna Carta or “the Great Charter”, also called Magna Carta Libertatum, “the Great Charter of the Liberties” (of Eng­land), is a charter issued by King John of England at Runnymede, near Wind­sor, on 15th June, 1215.

Nana Akufo-Addo, who is in his early seven­ties and will be contesting for President for a third time, possibly against President John Manama, dismissed the brouhaha about his age and also said that he did not unilaterally decide to run again as NPP leader.

“The matter is not in my hands. I made the deci­sion to present myself to my party asking them that if they agree, I want to go again,” he explained. He said “beyond the energy, you have also the commitment: you want to try and see whether you can do something to change the facts of your society, of course doing so within the context of dem­ocratic government – those are the two main things.”

He hopes to defeat his main contender John Mahama.

When asked why he and others would not hand over the African political space to much younger generation, Nana Akufo- Addo replied humorously that “when 70-year-old Reagan walked into the White House nobody had a problem with it.”

Africa’s Development He repeated that it was not possible for anybody to develop the African con­tinent other than the peo­ple themselves.

“I think there’s one simple truth that all of us on the continent have to recognise; nobody is going to build this African conti­nent for us but ourselves,” he said, adding that “Euro­peans will not do it; when thev involve themselves with Africa they have their own goals, which they have been serving for cen­turies.”

He said “the only peo­ple who- are capable of building the Africa that we want of the future, are our­selves, and we can do it and we are best able to do it if we are focusing on cre­ating the institutions of governance in our coun­tries that allow us to do so… Western media have its own goals when it is pro­jecting Africa, and we must have our own goals as well.”

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