General News of Monday, 21 December 2015
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has sent signals to his political opponents that he does not fear to lose in the game.
Nana Addo addressing the party’s delegates in Sunyani said he has had a great deal of experience in both law and politics which he chose as a career and hence has become used to losing.
The experience notwithstanding, Nana Addo said he would only welcome his sad fate only if he loses on fair and justifiable grounds.
“And as much as I hate losing, I accept that, both in the law and politics, losing is always a possibility. I accept that possibility with the only caveat being all sides should play by the rules,” he said.
He further discounted the notion that he was not ready to work with certain persons in the party adding that he has had a lot of experience with working with his political opponents.
“I have friends whose political beliefs I do not agree with. I have worked with people whose politics I do not like. During my years as a Member of Parliament, for example, I served on committees and worked with my political opponents and produced work that we can all be proud of and which has been for the good of our country.
I have spent a lifetime trying to win over friends and foes alike with the force of argument. In my professional life as a lawyer, I earned my living employing the force of argument often in hostile atmospheres. I daresay I have no fear of argument or dissension; indeed, I thrive on healthy, vigorous debate,” he said.
He thus entreated the party’s delegates to heed the call for unity advocated by former President John Agyekum Kufour and campaign to make the NPP come to power.