..But Silent On His Age
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, celebrated his birthday yesterday, and as it is done for many high profile personalities, the three times presidential hopeful, was bombarded with birthday messages from well wishers and party enthusiasts, but most of them were silent on his age.
Among the lots who publicly wished the opposition leader well, was his three times vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Kasapa FM owned by Dr. Kwabena Dufuor, an ex-Finance Minister under President John Evans Atta Mills, who had earlier served as Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), relocated their transmission to the Nima residence of the NPP overlord with Fiifi Banson, Nathaniel Kwabena Addisi (Bola Ray), and others present with a cake.
In his message, which looked like an indirect attack on Nana’s main opponent, President John Mahama in the November 7 polls, Dr. Bawumia, a former Deputy BoG Governor wrote on his boss’ Facebook wall, “To a truly remarkable man – honest, incorruptible, trustworthy, principled and competent. Happy Birthday Nana”.
Nana Addo, who was born on March 29, 1944, at Swalaba, Accra, turned 72.
Dr. Bawumia, was totally silent on the age of his boss, which has become a topical issue in some political circle, especially at a time when the flagbearer, is seeking to make history as the oldest elected president of Ghana, citing Nigeria’s Mohammed Buhari and Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara as his age mates, who have been given the mandate in their respective countries.
It is believed that, Dr. Bawumia, didn’t indicate the age of his boss in his text, not because he is uncomfortable mentioning it, but because he didn’t want to remind him of how fast he was advancing in age.
Some party supporters have suggested that, considering Nana’s age, he should relinquish the idea of running again to his deputy, Dr. Bawumia, but he seems adamant hoping to be third time lucky.
Indeed, on many public platforms, Nana Addo, has answered his critics by indicating that he was fit to run for the presidential slot for the third time.
Many have said, he needed to fulfill his childhood ambition of becoming a president.
Some party insiders, have disclosed that Nana Addo, cannot campaign in the upcoming election as vigorously as he did in the 2008 and 2012, as he is no more fit and energetic.
The Herald, has also heard about internal party discussions where Dr. Bawumia, whose posters have been sighted at some NPP rallies and constituencies, was tossed around to take over from Nana Addo, but was vehemently rejected by some close friends and family members of the flagbearer.
With the saying “the soul is willing, but the body is weak”, nature appears not to be on the side of the NPP overlord as he is seen in public gatherings sleeping away, amid ongoing programmes and noise. Many have ascribed it to old age.
Indeed just recently, there was an allegation that a spokesperson for Dr. Bawumia, who doubles as the parliamentary candidate of the NPP in the
Lawra constituency of the Northern Region, Anthony Karbo, has branded his campaign vehicles and chairs with his pictures and that of Dr. Bawumia.
It is not clear why the decision to have Bawumia’s pictures, instead of his boss’.
On various social media platforms, as well as websites, many wished him to retire gracefully from active politics, while others prayed that, he becomes the next president, after the November polls.
At 72, Nana Addo, is the oldest presidential candidate in the history of Ghana. His closest contender, President Mahama is 58.
On the morning of his birthday, Nana Addo hosted Accra-based Kasapa FM at his Nima Residence, after which he hosted party big shots to a morning celebration of his 72nd birthday.