General News of Monday, 21 December 2015
New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East in the Central Region has launched a scathing attack on a former member of the Council of State, Alhaji Asuma Banda, for claiming that the party’s candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo can never be Ghana president.
According to Mavis Hawa Koomson, the comment by the business mogul is borne out of malice in an attempt to make him [Nana] unpopular ahead of the 2016 general elections.
Alhaji Asuma Banda in an interview on socio-political discussion programme Hot Issues hosted by veteran journalist Kwesi Pratt Jnr. on TV3 doubted the NPP flagbearer could be a good leader of the country.
He indicated that Nana Akufo-Addo, who is making his third attempt to clinch the highest office, “can never be president”.
“The truth is he [Nana Akufo-Addo] can never be president… You see, to be a President, Kwasi, you must have certain structure, intelligence”.
But a livid Hawa Koomson in an interview on Adom News on Sunday said Alhaji Banda who is Founder and Chairman of Antrak Group should be the last person to talk about competence.
“Alhaji Banda should not provoke me; he should concentrate on his crippling business and leave Akufo-Addo and the NPP alone,” she fumed.
Ms. Hawa Koomson wondered if there was any special criterion which qualifies anyone to be president of Ghana.
In her view, if even “a visionless” leader like John Mahama has been able to be president of Ghana, nothing stops an “over-qualified and visionary” leader like Akufo-Addo to be president as well.
The Awutu Senya East MP said Nana Akufo-Addo will not be bothered by such ‘pull-him-down’ comment but rather working hard to redeem Ghanaians from the incompetent Mahama-led administration.
“Ghanaians are suffering and are crying for Nana Addo and the NPP to save them so such comment from elder statesmen like Asuma Banda makes matter worst”.
Ms. Hawa Koomson urged the former Council of State member not to allow himself to be used by corrupt leaders in government.