The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, this week left the Brong Ahafo Region to the Ashanti Region, but one thing that has left doubts in the minds of Ghanaians, while in the region, is his heavy looking winter coat under the hot scorching sun.
Nana Addo’s choice of outfit, has since caught the attention of many, especially on social media that he is either not ready to work on the late Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey’s advice that, he doesn’t dress well or he is not all that fit for the intense 2016 presidential campaign.
Reports say, Nana Addo, made a lot of promises, including one to customers of embattled DKM financial service, but what seems to be making a lot of waves in that whole campaign, is his heavy winter coat in the sun.
Some have questioned, whether he wasn’t sweating in the attire purposely designed to prevent the wearer from freezing or catching cold during an icy weather.
Pictures of the black winter jacket, which is causing a stir, especially on websites, including facebook and whatsapp, has also left some asking if the three times presidential hopeful, has a malfunctioning wardrobe?
In an obvious hot afternoon, the three times presidential hopeful, is seen in an open-top vehicle, wearing the thick jacket on top of a white long sleeve shirt, waving at party supporters.
In another scene, in the same Brong Ahafo Region, the flagbearer was spotted in the same outfit with camboo (sneakers), speaking to a gathering.
While, other members in his entourage wore simple shirts and jeans, Nana Addo, who has debunked media reports that he was unwell, wore the heavy winter jacket to the surprise of many.
Earlier, media reports had claimed that, the 72-year-old wasn’t medically well, and it had forced his doctors to “put him under house arrest” preventing him from campaigning after 5pm.
But reacting to The Enquirer publication, Nana Addo said, “There is one publication in one of the NDC newspapers that, I am sick and on admission in a hospital in Accra.
Is the Jema lorry park a hospital? I did indicate, at the end of Sunday’s campaign (at Subinso, in Wenchi), that I had to attend to urgent business in Accra, and would return on Monday.
Here I am not sick, it means they have no message to campaign with and that would mean defeat for them in this year’s election. They seem to have invested all their political capital in my state of health,” he said.
Since the pictures hit the internet, they have attracted different opinions and reactions from people belonging to both the NPP and the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
As expected, while followers of these two major parties, assess the pictures for and against positions, others who don’t belong to any of the aforementioned parties, wondered whose job it was to ensure that the NPP candidate, dresses well.
On many occasions, his choice of attire, has been questioned. For instance, his outfit for this year’s 59 Independence Day Anniversary at the Black Stare Square.
On the day, Nana Addo, appeared dragged to the venue, dressed in a jeans-looking trousers, and white casual long sleeve shirt with a front widely opened to the public, thus revealing his hairless chest to local and international media.
Indeed, in the past, well meaning Ghanaians, including bigwigs in the party, have questioned the dress sense of Nana Addo.
For instance, after the 2008 elections which Nana Addo lost to the then Prof. John Evans Atta Mills of blessed memory, an internal memo on the dressing and mannerism of the candidate while at public events, surfaced in the public domain.
The authors of the memo according to reports were the late chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Kofi Konadu Apraku, Brigadier Joseph Odei, Victor Newman, John Boadu, Dan Botwe, Lord Commey, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, and Dr. Kwame Addo-Kufuor.
The document, which was prepared by the NPP 2008 Campaign Committee headed by Obetsebi-Lamptey, said Nana Addo, “dresses badly” and “on TV he looks disinterested when other people are talking” whilst “on radio his voice is inaudible”.
The question many are asking is, if in a hot country like Ghana, specifically the Brong Ahafo Region, which shares boundary with the Northern Region, could be this cold to warrant such attire, what will Nana Addo do, when he travels to his favourite country; England during the winter season.
But someone joked that, Nana Addo, might just be missing England and might soon make a trip.