Akufo-Addo accused of running ‘family and friends’ gov’t

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has criticised the President for running a “family and friends” government, claiming current ministerial appointments provide evidence.

At a press conference recently, National Chairman of the PPP, Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond, said President Nana Akufo-Addo’s has reneged on his campaign promise to establish an all-inclusive government when he wins the election.

 “We the PPP are increasingly surprised that the change in government from NDC [National Democratic Congress] to NPP seems to repeat mere changes to personalities occupying high offices and positions of trust in our land and not change in the substantial matters of reorientation,” said Mr. Brew-Hammond.

The PPP’s view is in sharp contrast to the opinions held by other commentators on the President’s appointments.

A former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei, recently described the Nana Akufo-Addo’s ministerial appointments as “impressive”.

Prof Adei said the names on the appointment list have been a fair blend of gender, age and competence. 

However, at the presser on Monday, Nii Brew-Hammond held a different view.

“How does a strictly partisan NPP local government ensure that all Ghanaians get the opportunity to participate in it?” he quizzed.

At the same press conference, the PPP also announced its readiness to merge with other political parties to form an effective third political force in the country.

Dr. Brew Hammond revealed the PPP was negotiating with some political parties to create a political alliance that would provide a formidable opposition to the ruling government.

‘’It is only by bringing forces together that the dominance of the NPP and NDC duopoly can be broken… The PPP and other political parties would want to stand together now, united to offer disciplined, objective opposition and prove to the people that there is a better choice out there,” Dr. Brew-Hammond, stated.