One of the most trusted family members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, has hit back at the flag bearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, for questioning why Nana Akufo-Addo is still living in his father’s at almost 72 years.
Apart from saying Mr. Akufo-Addo, lacks the capacity to manage Ghana, Mr. Ayariga said at 72, Nana Akufo-Addo, should retire from politics.
But Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a cousin hit back saying, “I hear an “opposition” presidential candidate has started attacking Nduom and Nana Addo.
He says at 72, the latter should not be staying in the house his father built. Is this supposed to be an attack? If Nana Addo, one of Ghana’s most successful lawyers, were materialistic he would have probably owned 30 houses by now plus others abroad” he wrote on his facebook page.
This is what he said on his facebook page said:
I hear an “opposition” presidential candidate has started attacking Nduom and Nana Addo. He says at 72, the latter should not be staying in the
house his father built. Is this supposed to be an attack?!? If Nana Addo, one of Ghana’s most successful lawyers, were materialistic he would have probably owned 30 houses by now plus others abroad.
What he has done is to improve upon what his father left him, dedicating all his energies to pursuing happiness for the greatest number of people. He is overly generous with whatever wealth he gets. He is not greedy. He does not possess even a credit card and does not have a foreign account.
Yes! He owns three houses, one built by his father (Nima), another built by his mother (Kyebi) and one he built (East Legon), where he lived as MP and Minister. Ghana is blessed to have in 2017 a president who is not driven by material things for himself but for all citizens of his nation. He is honest, he is selfless and he is not corrupt. He is just a simple man, with a big heart and a big mind.
Speaking on Class FM on Monday, September 26, Mr. Ayariga said he had many successful businesses across the country which made him the best nominee for president in the December polls though he was not as boastful about his accomplishments as the flag bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, who he claimed was going round describing himself as ‘adwumawura’ – creator of jobs.
Talking about his accomplishments, Mr. Ayariga said: “I made my first $1million at the age of 24 without working with any government. I have never been in a government position; I have never worked as a Minister for you to say I have stolen government money. I built my first house at the age of 22…; at age 72, my senior and my father, Nana Akufo-Addo, is still living in his father’s house. At this age 72, I would have retired from politics and been advising young men of this country to move this country forward and not contest with them anymore.”
The former People’s National Convention flag bearer accused Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr. Nduom of contributing to the hardship in the country. According to him, the two nominees have served in government before and, therefore, “they have contributed in building this country”.
“So, if they go round telling Ghanaians Ghana is in crisis and Ghana has become a difficult place for us to live and that we need a change, yes, let’s accept and believe that we need change but that change will not be a change from the NDC to any of them because if Ghana is in crisis, these people are part of the problem why Ghana is in crisis today, because they were given the opportunity to serve and have served,” the 2012 People’s National Convention presidential candidate explained.
Mr. Akufo-Addo was the Foreign Affairs Minister and Attorney General in the erstwhile Kufour-led government while Dr. Nduom served as the Minister of Private Sector Development.
Mr. Ayariga, said Dr. Nduom’s single-room banks littered across the country do not qualify him as ‘adwumawura’ – creator of jobs, as he has been touting himself to be.
At an event to introduce his running mate on Saturday, 24 September, Mr. Ayariga mocked at the flag bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) who is also the president of Group Nduom, owners of GN Bank and several other businesses across the country.
“[The] PPP flag bearer is going round shouting ‘adwumawura’. You think your single-room banks make you adwumawura? … If that is what you think, then the APC has more offices than adwumawura, including his campaign offices. The APC has more than 200 offices,” Mr. Ayariga said.
The APC leader also lunged at the NPP flagbearer’s describing his ‘one-district, one-factory’ promise among other promises as a “joke.”
“Ghana has been reduced to ‘one-factory, one-district’, ‘one-dam, one-village’, ‘one-million, one-constituency’; I mean what kind of joke is this? How much is a million dollars going to do in a district (sic)? A million dollars is worth buying a car and you come and tell me that they should give you power and you’ll give [every district] one million dollars.
That is the joke of the century. Nana Addo, does not have the capacity to manage this country; Nana Addo, is not the best man to manage this country,” Mr. Ayariga said.