FONKAR executives in a pose with Nana Akufo-Addo
The group, Friends of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (FONKAR), has declared support for the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
This was when leadership of the group, which is committed to the promotion of the ideals and ideas of former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, paid a courtesy call on the opposition leader yesterday.
National Coordinator of FONKAR, Joseph Bediako, who led the team said, “If they want to organize a demonstration, we will support it; if I go on radio or I ask any of my members to go on radio, they have to speak for the NPP.”
That, he said, did not necessarily mean they would vote for Akufo-Addo and the NPP.
Instead, Mr Joseph Bediako indicated that members of the group would do whatever it takes to help kick out President Mahama and his incompetent National Democratic Congress (NDC) government out of office on November 7, 2016, when the country goes to the polls to elect a new head of state.
He, therefore, promised to meet the so-called ‘babies with sharp teeth’ in government boot for boot when they meet until they (babies) stop the needless attacks on individuals and make the 2016 campaign an issue-based one.
He decried the level of economic hardship in the country as many Ghanaians are struggling to make ends meet.
Nana Akufo-Addo, who was with his party’s acting General Secretary, John Boadu and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwadaso, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, thanked the leadership of FONKAR for their support and commitment to the cause to remove the NDC from power.
He expressed worry about how the country is virtually being run into ruins, indicating his readiness to put Ghana on a sound footing when voted into power.
John Boadu described the visit by the group as “a continuation of the wave that is engulfing the people of our country about the need for change and considering what they said change must come but it must come with decorum and decency in our politics.”
He wondered why the NDC and its members have become so opposed to criticisms that they resort to personality attacks and insults whenever they are criticized.
“We believe that politics is about issues; it’s about addressing the myriad problems of our people; it has nothing to do with insults. In my mind, if you don’t have anything to say, then you resort to insults,” he said.
“If the NDC is saying they have done so much, they should concentrate on delivering what they’ve done rather than resorting to insults,” Mr Boadu said.
Bediako later introduced some members of the new FONKAR as Richard Bekoe, the Secretary; Christiana Bosu, Spokesperson; Ernest Oduro, Communications Director; Abigail Owusu, Women’s Organiser and Evelyn Afriyie, Greater Accra Coordinator to Nana Akufo-Addo.
The rest are Lydia Atta Owusu, Students Representative and Eastern Regional Coordinator; Daniel Amoah, Director of Security; Opoku Agyemang, Director of Research; Christian Lamptey, Western Regional Coordinator; Victoria Sam, Central Regional Coordinator; Rebecca Afriyie, Deputy Coordinator and Kwesi Denkyi, Special adviser.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu