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Nana Addo did not usurp Prez powers – NPP

By James Harry Obeng


THE New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reacted to the charge of the National Democratic (NDC) Congress that Nana Akufo-Addo, its presidential candidate acted like president when he spoke on the global financial crisis recently.


Mr Peter Mac Manu, the NPP national chairman said this in a statement in reaction to NDC’s charge that Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP presidential candidate was usurping the powers of the President by addressing a recent news conference.


Mr Manu said every citizen had the right to comment on any issue.


He said Nana Akufo-Addo did not claim to be speaking for the government.


“Indeed he is not even a member of government. He was speaking as a presidential candidate who, God and the people of Ghana willing, will be the next President”.


Mr Manu said Nana Akufo-Addo was addressing one of the most serious issues of the time, saying his presentation was serious.


He said if Professor Mills or any other candidate has any ideas on the crisis, he should speak up or else keep quite.


Mr Manu said the idea that Nana Akufo-Addo should wait to be elected president before speaking up showed old thinking.


He said over the last three decades Nana Akufo-Addo had repeatedly stood up to be counted, even when it was dangerous to do so.


The NPP national chairman said “those who choose to keep their opinions to themselves must not condemn, those who are performing the important task of engaging the public and stakeholders in the important task of engaging the public and stakeholders in important issues of the day.


He said in the United States in the best traditions of public service, senators McCain and Obama have both addressed the global financial crisis repeatedly even though neither of them is president yet.


Mr Manu said candidates addressing serious issues facing the country is the wave of future politics and Ghana should commended Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP for leading the way forward.


“Instead of condemning Nana Akufo-Addo, let the NDC join the debate and Ghana will be better for it. It is better late than never”.


Mr Manu asked the NDC to conduct clean campaign to ensure a successful poll this year.


This, he said, was because “Ghanaians want a campaign that will address the important issues in their lives rather than insults and lies”.


Mr Manu said that a document being circulated by the NDC that the NPP was planning to rig this year’s election with the collaboration of the Electoral Commission (EC) was baseless.


“The allegation that we plan to rig the election is part of the NDC’s grand plan to discredit the EC and our electoral process ahead of the election so that when they lose and we win, they can contest the results,” he said.




November 7, 2008 - Posted by | News

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