Joe Ghartey & Osei-Ameyaw Trade Presidential Ambition

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For Akufo-Addo’s Recognition

Joe Ghartey, Member of Parliament (MP) for Essikadu Ketan and his colleague MP from the Asuogyaman Constituency, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, have traded their lifelong presidential ambitions for recognition and acceptance from Nana Akufo-Addo.

This week, the two were seen on regional tour meetings and addressing delegates, something considered a taboo in the party.

Joe Ghartey, who is the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, were selling Nana Addo’s credentials above Alan Kyerematen, after they were offered the rare opportunity to sit next to the twice NPP Presidential Candidate, plotting party strategies, as well as sharing jokes.

Also on the trip to the Central and Western regions, was Nana Addo’s already chosen running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Kennedy Agyapong, Mawell Kofi Jumah, among others.

The interesting things about Mr. Ghartey and Mr. Osei-Ameyaw are that, they never supported Nana Addo as NPP flagbearer in the last two elections. They both supported Mr. Alan Kyerematen. Mr. Ghartey, had practiced law in the Nana Addo’s law firm, but did not find its expedient to support him.

Mr. Osei-Ameyaw, was Alan Kyerematen’s deputy at the Trade and Industry ministry during the John Kufuor John Presidency.

Meanwhile, Joe Ghartey and Osei-Ameyaw, have debunked assertions making the rounds in the media that Nana Akufo-Addo is calling on other presidential hopefuls to step down, so that he is returned unopposed as the party’s flagbearer for the 2016 election.

The two former NPP presidential aspirants said this when they joined Nana Addo to thank the 54 delegates from the Central Region, who gave Akufo-Addo a 94 percent endorsement in the NPP’s Special Electoral College.

Mr. Osei-Ameyaw, who addressed the delegates first, stressed that “it was not Nana Akufo-Addo who told me to step down and support him. I want everyone to get it clear. After the August 31 contest, I had 11 days of spiritual introspection with my God and that allowed me to come to the conclusion that I had to support no one but Nana Akufo-Addo. Please, it is never true that Akufo-Addo is asking people to step down for him. It is propaganda that some people are waging against Nana Akufo-Addo and I am urging all of you gathered here not to pay any heed to it.”

He explained that his decision to support Nana Akufo-Addo was also premise on the fact that delegates of the party had made it emphatically clear that it was Nana Akufo-Addo they wanted to lead NPP on the “united party path.

Re-echoing the sentiments of his colleague MP, Joe Ghartey, told the delegates that immediately after the August 31 contest, he placed calls to members of his campaign team to ascertain the way forward. He explained that by 7:00am on September 1, he, together with members of his campaign team, had all reached a consensus to step down and not contest the October 18 primary.

“Everyone know where I stand. However, in Ghana, if you do not make such utterances public, people tend to doubt you. If I want to support Nana, I don’t need anyone to hold my hand to go see him, for me to declare my support. Nana Akufo-Addo and I go way back. He nurtured me to become the lawyer I am today. After the contest, I called Nana Akufo-Addo to assure him of my support,” he said

Continuing, he indicated that “That’s why I was with him in Tarwka on Monday. We are doing politics not for personal interests, you must be motivated by a higher calling, a call to duty that allows you to take certain decisions at certain times. That is why I am here today with Nana Akufo-Addo. We believe that this party is destined to take Ghana to a better place,” he said.

Guided by this principle, Joe Ghartey noted that it should be very easy for party members to forgive each other after internal contests and move forward.

“We should not hold elections as personal things against one another, and this is what allows me, with 2 votes (from the Central Region), to come and say thank you to you,” he said.

He appealed to the delegates to remain united and ensure that the party wins the majority of parliamentary seats come election 2016, adding that, “we want to see Nana Akufo-Addo in the Jubilee House come 2017.”

“We started this party with no expectation, we continue in this party with no expectation. The only expectation is that the NPP will save Ghana, and make this country a better place,” Joe Ghartey concluded.

Present at the event were, Mr. Robert Kutin, Central Regional NPP Chairman; Joseph Ghartey, MP for Essikadu Ketan and 2nd Deputy Speaker of Parliament; Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, MP for Asuogyaman; Kennedy Agyepong, MP for Assin Central; Ben Kofi Ayeh, MP for Upper Denkyira West.

Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, MP for KEEA; Prof. Dominic Fobih, MP for Assin South; Fred Oware, former NPP First Vice-Chairman; Kwamena Bartels, member of the Central Regional National Council and former MP for Ablekuma North; Ekow Danquah-Smith, former Central Regional NPP Chairman; 15 regional executives; and 21 out of 23 Constituency chairmen.

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