The 2008 Campaign Manager of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku has re-opened the “wikileaks” wounds of the man he almost got elected as President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Dr. Apraku, was of the view that the NPP needed a candidate who was a unifier and would not only appeal to the party faithful, but the millions of floating voters, whose votes and support the NPP urgently need in order to unseat the NDC in 2016, suggesting that Nana Akufo-Addo, who is eyeing a third time bid at the presidency is not good for the NPP.
Still lamenting over the NPP’s electoral defeats since 2008, he wondered why the party which used to win six regions to attain political power in 2000 and 2004 was now struggling to even win two regions.
He seemed to be siding with the controversial United States of America (USA) leak diplomatic cable dubbed “Wikileaks” that suggests that the twice defeated Presidential candidate, as “an ethnic Akyem from Eastern region with poor organizational skills and often comes across as arrogant and formal, which may not play well with many party activists and Ghanaian voters.
It said, “Nana Akufo-Addo’s reputation as a womanizer and occasional marijuana smoker may also damage him politically but a formidable contender for the NPP slot”.
The former flagbearer, was seen by the American as “respected for his intelligence, political family background, and broad government experience, which includes tenures as Minister of Justice and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is reportedly backed by the NPP youth and Akyem businessmen. On the other hand”.
Seven years down the line, his Campaign Manager for the 2008 elections, Dr. Apraku has taken the flagbearer to the cleaners at a party function in Kumasi, asking delegates to reject him and virtually confirming the US confidential cable leaks.
Dr. Apraku, who delivered the keynote address at the grand inauguration of the Tertiary Education Students Confederacy of the NPP Alumni (TESCONA), stunned party faithful, when at the tail-end of his speech, he launched innuendos, casting aspersions on the party’s 2008 and 2012 flagbearer.
Dr. Apraku, a former MP for Offinso North in the Ashanti Region, seemed not to understand why the NPP, with all the brains at its disposal, could lose two successive presidential elections to the NDC, lamenting that something was wrong with the party’s leadership.
Information making the rounds indicates that Dr. Apraku, a leading member of Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign teams in the 2008 and 2012 polls, was all set to contest the flagbearership position of the party for the 2016 polls.
He was of the view that the NPP needed a candidate who was a unifier and would not only appeal to the party faithful, but the millions of floating voters, whose votes and support the NPP urgently needed in order to unseat the NDC in 2016.
Virtually calling for a change for the party’s presidential candidate, ahead of the 2016 polls, he said, “Let us elect a person that would unite our party around our common goals, beliefs and objectives of winning the next elections and provide superb leadership for our party and country.”
To the chagrin of the NPP faithful present, Dr. Apraku, who for a moment was taking advantage of the party function to announce his presidential bid, stressed that the party needed a candidate who would appeal to independent voters.
“Our next leader must be able attract independent voters to vote for us. He must be a person who shares the values of the ordinary Ghanaian, a person who is the embodiment of what Ghanaians consider to be right and Godly,” he said.
He cautioned the NPP delegates against voting for the wrong person to lead the party to its third successive electoral defeat in 2016, charging them to be extra careful about the choice they would make with regard to the next flagbearer.
“We make choices every single day, and every choice we make impacts on our own future as individuals as well as our nation and party. When we make right choices we get right results, when we make wrong choices we will get wrong results,” he said.
Dr. Apraku, therefore, charged the NPP delegates to do what was right for themselves, the party and Ghana, noting that the type of candidate that the NPP would present to lead the party would go a long way to determine how the party would fare in the 2016 polls.
After two successive electoral defeats to the NDC, he said the NPP was in a stressful situation just as Ghana, which was being poorly managed by the incumbent government.
He said the NDC had crumbled the better Ghana that ex-President Kufuor left behind.
Dr. Apraku reiterated that, indeed, something was wrong with the NPP, giving the assurance, however, that the NPP could bounce back to power in 2016 if the party, in particular, its delegates, would do the right thing.
He charged the NPP delegates to elect competent people whose loyalty to the party was without doubt to lead, warning the party not to allow personality cult to take over the party. “There are no enemies in the NPP,” he said.
Party bigwigs, such as former Roads and Transport Minister, Dr. Richard Anane, NPP founding member, Aketen Appiah Menkah and Stephen Amoah aka ‘Sticker’ were at the function.