General News of Tuesday, 18 July 2017
President Nana Akufo-Addo says the image of him created by the opposition as being a stern, violent and aggressive person is nothing close to who he is.
He told the gathering of journalists at a press meeting Tuesday that there is nothing ‘wild’ about him.
To be ‘wild’ is a local term used mostly in the negative sense in describing a person.
Answering a question from Asempa FM’s Ekosi Sen host, Kwadwo Asare Baffuor Acheampong (KABA), the President said the opposition painted him as such for their own political purposes.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) prior to the December election has warned Ghanaians that the then leader of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, would unleash a reign of terror on Ghanaians if handed the keys to the Flagstaff House on December 7.
According to the NDC, Akufo-Addo is harbouring an agenda only to punish some citizens he has always targeted and not to salvage any economy as he claims.
A one-time presidential staffer, Caesar Kale, during a campaign launch of Dr Clement Apaak in the Builsa South Constituency said Nana Akufo-Addo presidency would be full of vindictiveness.
“A Nana Akufo-Addo presidency would be full of violence. This is an individual who is so obsessed with power and so bitter and would want to grab power and use it to punish people he has been eyeing over the years.
“We don’t have to entertain such an individual in the governance of this country,” he added.
But the President stressed that there are people who are not his political sympathisers but have known him for a long time to attest to the fact that there is nothing ‘wild’ about him.
“Yes! I am a man of strong views and it is difficult to threaten or bully me…I will stand my grounds as small as I am…and if that translates into being wild, then I have not changed at all,” he said.
The idea that I am sort of intoxicated, crazy character going around and causing a problem was never part of the reality so what they are seeing of me in office is Nana Akufo-Addo as I have always been.