General News of Thursday, 21 December 2017
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has stated that he does not miss being the first gentleman of the land adding that he feels fulfilled after serving the constitutionally mandated term in office.
“Once I got there and I served two terms that the constitution wanted, what more could I have wanted…rather I wish that successive regimes could have done this or that,” Mr. Kufour told Bola Ray on Starr Chat Wednesday.
The former President also disclosed that he had a civil relationship with his both President John Mills and John Mahama but never got the opportunity to support them with any form of advice due to ideological differences.
“President Mills was nice with me…President Mahama came [and] he was also very nice with me but once again I couldn’t suggest anything.”
The former President, however, hailed President Akufo-Addo and the impact he has made since he took over from Mr. Mahama in January 2017.
According to him, Akufo-Addo’s government has so far been very impressive.
“So far so good…the selection of his team, and then the policies and the way in one term he has been able to put his stand firm on the continent with the stream of presidents coming in, he has done well.”
Mr. Agyekum Kufuor was born on 8 December 1938. He was President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009.
His victory over John Evans Atta Mills after the end of Jerry Rawlings’ second term marked the first peaceful democratic transition of power in Ghana since independence in 1957.
He was a minister in Kofi Abrefa Busia’s Progress Party government during Ghana’s Second Republic and a Popular Front Party opposition frontbencher during the Third Republic.
In the Fourth Republic, he stood as the New Patriotic Party’s candidate at the 1996 election, and then led it to victory in 2000 and 2004.