Nana Akufo Addo

In the NPP today, the only “god” in it who
has never made any mistakes at all and
done anything wrong is Nana Akufo-Addo.
He is responsible for anything good that
happened in the NPP but has no hand in
anything bad that happened. If you dare
hold Nana Addo responsible for anything
bad in the NPP, you will get people tearing
you up like you are the biggest fool on
earth. Meanwhile, that is the main problem
in the party and that is pushing the party
slowly to another election defeat in 2016.
When you read the NPP newspapers and listen
to their radio stations, all you hear is that
Nana Akufo-Addo helped President John
Kuffour to win both the 2000 and 2004
Presidential elections but President Kuffour
caused the defeat of Nana Akufo Addo in 2008
and Alan Kyeremanteng also caused the defeat
of Nana in the 2012 Presidential elections.
When Nana Addo ignorantly took Ghana to the
Supreme Court and wasted everybody’s time
including causing heavy financial loss to the
state, it was all Dr. Afari-Gyan’s fault and
when he lost the case at the Supreme Court, it
was Judge Atuguba’s fault. Kwabena Agyapong
and Paul Afoko were responsible for all the
troubles that were going on in the NPP.
In the presidential primaries when Nana Addo
corrupted all the delegates with GHC600,
000.00, his supporters jumped to his defense
and named it “donation” and hailed Nana for
coming out to rescue the party from financial
troubles. When people went and wanted to
butcher Afoko and Agyapong at the party
headquarters, everybody in Ghana knew whose
group went and did that and everybody knew
who was behind that shameless and evil act,
yet Nana Addo’s supporters came forward and
described it as an NPP internal affairs and that
such occurrences happen in all political
parties. Nana Akufo-Addo has never been
responsible for anything bad that has ever
happened in the NPP. It is always somebody
else who did it. Blame either President
Kuffour, Afoko, Agyapong, NDC thugs, Dr.
Afari-Gyan or somebody!
I have personally read most of Dr. Arthur
Kennedy’s opinions on the NPP including the
one he titled “Confusion over mandates in the
NPP” In Dr. Kennedy’s opinion, and what I
take from it is that “hold Nana Akufo-Addo
responsible too” When you read his book
“Chasing the elephant to the bush” he seems
to suggest the same thing. That is, let us hold
somebody within our party responsible for our
failures rather than always blaming some
foreign entity, who may not even know what
we are talking about.
When was the first or last time the NPP held
Nana Akufo-Addo responsible for any election
defeat of the party? Does it not bother you if
President John Mahama campaigned for just
40 days to become President as against Nana
Akufo-Addo who had campaigned for 12 years
and still lost? You don’t get worried if
President Mahama has now campaigned for 4
years? Are you not scared?
Dr. Arthur Kennedy on Akwaaba Radio in the
USA on May 12, 2015 stated that during the
National Executive delegates meeting in
Tamale, Nana Addo might have had some
people in mind that he had wished they won
the Chairman and the General Secretary
positions but they did not win. Paul Afoko or
Kwabena Agyapong might also have had
somebody in mind that they had wished he
won the flag bearer position for the party but
he also did not win. He continued to say now
those elections are over and what the leader
(flag bearer) of the party needs to do is to
bring all parties on board for the common
good of the party.
Unfortunately, now everybody is blaming Paul
Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong for the confused
use of mandate in the NPP, instead of putting
the unity of the party squarely on the leader
of the party, Nana Akufo-Addo. If Nana Akufo-
Addo cannot and does not work with just two
members of his own party, how could he work
with over 200 NDC Parliamentarians? The NPP
is always blaming the wrong people for their
troubles when the real causer of all these
troubles is walking free without any blame and
accountability. You see, that is the main
problem with the NPP. The earlier they fix this
problem, the better it will be for them.
On May 11, 2015 I heard Hon. Kennedy
Agyapong on Asempa FM in Ghana, saying that
Dr. Arthur Kennedy is living comfortably in the
US and writing all sorts of things against Nana
Akufo-Addo, when in actual fact he (Dr.
Kennedy) does not know all the efforts Nana
has been putting in place to resolve the
problems in the NPP. He continued to say that
all the efforts Nana Addo has put in place for
the unity of the party has not worked and Dr.
Kennedy should know that. Wow! Wonders
shall never end.
My question to Hon. Kennedy Agyapong and
my fellow Ghanaians is that if Nana Akufo-
Addo has been doing everything in his power
and wisdom to resolve the problems in the
NPP and they have not worked, how can he
(Nana Addo) tell Ghanaians that he has the
magic solutions to all the problems Ghana
has? Has Nana already deceived Ghanaians? If
Nana Addo cannot unite and solve the
problems of 500,000 members of his party,
how could he go around the country and say
he can solve all the problems of 25 million
people? If Nana Addo cannot solve a basic
and simple problem in his party, how could he
solve the complicated problems of a country?
These are serious questions Ghanaians should
ask themselves as they go to the polls in
November 2016. It is not enough if a clergy
tells you “let’s vote the NDC out” but did not
say who we should vote them in. If you are
not careful, you will vote the NDC out but the
one who is coming would rather compound
your problems because they cannot even put
their house in order. The devil you know is
better than the angel you don’t know. Take this
My take is, until the NPP begins to hold Nana
Akufo-Addo responsible for all the troubles
and problems in the party now and in the
future, they should forget about election 2016
and all future elections in Ghana. If Nana
Akufo-Addo has done everything to solve the
simple problems in the NPP which started in
2008, and it has not worked, (per Hon. Ken
Agyapong) why shout on mountain top blaming
President John Mahama for not being able to
solve the complicated energy problems in
Ghana which started in the 80s? Meanwhile,
President John Mahama has said former
Presidents managed the energy crisis but he
will fix it. This is another promise the
President has kept. Has Nana Akufo-Addo
come out to set a date when he will fix (not
manage) the simple troubles and problems in
the NPP? Food for thought.
If I were a member of the NPP, I will not just
push this article and all the opinions by Dr.
Arthur Kennedy away, but I will start to ask
myself certain questions and will begin a
process of holding Nana Akufo-Addo
responsible for every bad thing that is going
on in the NPP including our serial electoral
defeats. This way instead of saying “Yegye
Yeman” meaning we want our country back,
you will begin to say “Yegye Yen Party”
meaning we want our party back. NPP has
been in the bush for far too long under Nana
Akufo-Addo. It is about time a group rises up
and save the NPP now!
Lawrence Appiah-Osei (Protocol)
Friends of John Dramani Mahama (USA


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