All Progressive Networks (APN)-Ghana, has described the Late Dr Joseph Boakye Danquah as a doyen of tribal politics in Ghana.
According to APN, J. B. Danquah, after several defeats in public elections never came to terms with the fact that the people of Ghana, have the right to choose their leaders.
According to the group, ‘after his defeat in the 1960 Presidential Elections to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, he became a paid agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the Unites States of America (USA).
The convener of APN, Dela Coffie, gave this description of the late J.B. Danquah in a statement issued yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Akyem politician at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, following his arrest by the Kwame Nkrumah regime for subversive acts.
APN, is a broad network of progressive intellectuals and social activists, committed to ideals and struggles of ordinary people for social justice.
Mr. Coffie, gave a background of the late Dr. J. B. Danquah from 1927-1943, as the Attorney-General of the Akyem Abuakwa State Council, who assisted his brother Nana Ofori-Atta I, to fraudulently acquire large tracks of lands belonging to the stools of Tafo, Begro, Asamankese and Apadwa, through the connivance of the colonial authorities.
Mr. Coffie, revealed that Dr. J. B. Danquah, assisted Ofori Atta I, in the imposition of draconian measures to extort taxes and levies from Kwahu, Krobo and immigrant farmers to finance the imported lavish life styles and also sponsor the terrorist activities of the National Liberation Movement (NLM) in later years.
The statement said, to achieve this, Danquah and his forces, needed the backing from the colonial government to rob people of their lands, wealth and labour through the judicial and political authority of the Akyem State, guaranteed by means of subservience to colonial authority and subversive collaboration with British Imperialism. This condition marked the entrance of J. B. Danquah unto the political stage.
He said, consistent with his conservative world view and Akyem Abuakwa micro-nationalism, Danquah opposed universal adult suffrage and free mass elections. And rather proposed a Constituent Assembly of “pre-ordained rulers”.
APN, today sees the dark side of history crawling back to the stage of national life in the resort to path of insurgency by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is the touch bearer of the unfinished agenda of J. B. Danquah.
Coincidentally, Nana Addo addresses a memorial lecture in honour of his maternal uncle, J. B. Danquah.