I am going to be active in national affairs – Amissah Arthur

Former Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur says he will not choose the path of silence on matters that pertain to the governance of the country.

He told Joy News he would be “active and comment on national affairs” as a way of taking on the new government to task.

“I have a lot of experience in many things and I am not going to sit in a corner if things are going wrong,” he said.

Mr Amissah Arthur said he will maintain balance in his criticism of the government. “If things are going right I will commend whoever is doing the right thing.”

Former President John Mahama

This is the second time the former Vice President has opened up to the media since former President John Mahama whom he was deputy to lost his re-election bid in the 2016 presidential poll.

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Out of the 273 of the 275 constituency results declared, the former President polled 4,701,162 representing 44.40 percent with the now President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recording 5,697,093 which was 53.80 percent of valid votes cast.

Mr Amissah Arthur has been accused by some NDC supporters of derailing the party’s fortunes because of the way he carried out his campaign. They said he was not vigorous enough compared to Dr Mahamudu Bawumia who was the running mate of then Presidential Candidate Akufo-Addo.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Days after the Electoral Commission (EC) declared the winner of the 2016 polls, he had said senior members of the NDC had been unable to come out because of the defeat.

But four months after President Akufo-Addo was sworn in as the nation’s 5th President, Mr Amissah Arthur said it is impossible for him to remain silent in the governance of the country.

“You cannot ignore things that happen in our country and the people who have been privileged to serve. I will be active in all aspects of national life,” he said.

He cautioned critics of the government to give it more time since it is less than 100 days old. He added that as soon as that is done, we will be able to take them to task for things they do wrong.”

“I am going to be active. I will comment on national affairs as I see fit.”