Presidential hopeful, Nana Akuffo Addo has appealed to New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates to do him the honour of making him the party’s flagbearer for a third time.
According to the former Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa South constituency in the Eastern region of Ghana, leading the NPP will be his life’s greatest honour.
Cataloguing a sterling 30-year career in politics, Nana Addo noted that the most defining moment in his political career was being nominated to lead the party in 2008 and 2012.
He lost twice to the National Democratic Congress’ John Evans Atta Mills in 2008 and to John Mahama in 2012.
At the age of 33, Akufo-Addo became the General Secretary of the broad-based People’s Movement for Freedom and Justice (PMFJ), which led the “NO” campaign in the UNIGOV referendum of 1978, ultimately bringing about the downfall of the Acheampong military government on 5 July 1978, and the restoration of multiparty democratic rule to the country in 1979.
In 1991, Akufo-Addo was the chairman of the Organising Committee of the Danquah-Busia Memorial Club, a club dedicated to the preservation of the memory and ideals of the two great advocates of Ghanaian democracy, J. B. Danquah and K.A Busia, Prime Minister of the Progress Party government of the 2nd Republic of Ghana.
Akufo-Addo travelled throughout Ghana to establish branches of the Club all over the country in the grassroots. These branches eventually transformed into local branches of the NPP after the ban on party politics was lifted, prior to the elections of 1993.
In 1992 he became the first national organiser of the NPP and, later that year, campaign manager of the party’s first presidential candidate, Prof. Albert Adu Boahen, the man of courage who broke the “culture of silence” in Ghana.
In 1992 Akufo-Addo set up and financed The Statesman newspaper, which has become the unofficial mouthpiece of the NPP.
In 1995 he led the famous “Kume Preko” demonstrations of the Alliance For Change (AFC), a broad-based political pressure group, which mobilised more than a million people onto the streets of Ghana to protest the harsh political and economic conditions of the Rawlings era.
Akufo-Addo was elected three times between 1996 and 2004 as Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa South constituency in the Eastern region of Ghana.
He has been Foreign Minister, Minister of Justice who was responsible for the repeal of the Criminal Libel Law, which had been used to intimidate the media and criminalise free speech
But despite a long career, the man who will turn 72 by the time for the 2016 presidential elections wants to have a third go at becoming president.
“If I look at the NPP, we can win power with unity and hardwork with Akuffo as leader in 2016” Nana stated.
Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo was addressing party delegates from all 26 constituencies of the Western region in Tarkwa on Wednesday.
He noted that the Ghanaian is now saddled with myriads of difficulties as a result of the bad management of the economy by the NDC Government and the need for the NPP to come back to power.