A leading member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, has described comments by former Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye on Kwame Nkrumah as selective and full of ‘half-truths’.
According to the CPP stalwart, Prof.Ocquaye, also a minister of the gospel is “an academic blinded by ideology”.
At a public lecture to mark the NPP’s 21st anniversary last Thursday, Professor Michael Oquaye, insisted that, Dr. J.B Danquah was the true founder of Ghana and that Kwame Nkrumah, was only brought in to assist an on-going course.
But speaking on Citi News, President of the Nkrumah Foundation, Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, described what Professor Michael Ocquaye said as ‘’all the things that he [Ocquaye] said were half-truth.’’
“It was Kwame Nkrumah who came in, fixated that he wanted to decolonize Ghana and Africa and fought for the true self-governance of the country. The real essence of the founding of UGCC was not for self-government but it was because the business men like Paa Grant were being squeezed out of the business of this country. He brought out the doyens of Ghana’s legal system…’’
The trained pathologist said, J.B Danquah could not even organize the youth in those days, “this man cannot speak to the ordinary man; people should ask themselves, why did he [J.B Danquah] lose elections to his brother’s son, Aaron Ofori-Atta’’
“J.B Danquah can never be referred to as the doyen of Ghana’s politics,’’ he noted.
“Politics is about persuading people to your cause. Kwame Nkrumah came and struggled and tapped into the energy and mindset of the people of this country and this is what gave us independence. If people think that the British were ready to hand over, then we would have been under colony till now. There was no readiness to hand over. There was nothing in their constitution, indicating that there were ready to hand over. Even after independence they plotted the whole machinations of neo-colonialism.”
Professor Akosa, said Kwame Nkrumah was determined to decolonize Ghana and Africa, and he did just that. “As far as we are concerned, we know who found this country and that is Kwame Nkrumah.”
The Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Samia Nkrumah, has insisted that her father, Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah is the original founder of modern day Ghana.
She, however, conceded that some other individuals played roles in the eventual liberation of Ghana from colonial rule.
The former lawmaker’s comment, was also in reaction to assertions by former presidential candidate of the main opposition NPP, Prof Mike Ocquye, that forebears of the NPP deserved better credit for the founding of Ghana.
According to Prof Ocquaye, people like J.B Dankquah and other members of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), were the main brains behind the founding of modern day Ghana.
He disagreed with claims that only Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, deserves credit for Ghana’s founding.
Prof Mike Ocquaye, argues that the leadership of the then Gold Coast movement, led by the UGCC had already laid the foundation for the independence struggle, hence the easy ride to freedom by Nkrumah.
However, Samia Nkrumah, says the debate over who founded Ghana is belated.
She told Radio XYZ’s news analysis programme “Strict Proof” that politicians should focus attention on issues that would improve upon the wellbeing of Ghanaians.
Former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Nii Ayikoi Otooh had also said, he will personally spearhead a process to change the recognition bestowed on Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as the Founder of Ghana.
He said, the claim that Dr. Nkrumah foundered Ghana was a travesty and naked distortion of Ghana’s history, which would be reversed when the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) regains power.
Mr. Ayikoi Otoo said, Ghana’s first president was simply an opportunist, who rode on the back of the hard work done by leaders of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) to national fame.
The forebears of the NPP foundered the UGCC and invited Dr. Nkrumah to take the position of Secretary, but he later broke away from the movement to found the CPP which ushered Ghana into independence.
There has also been the debate that the Mills administration recognized Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, as founder of Ghana – a position the NPP vehemently disagree with.
Mr. Ayikoi Otoo maintained that Nkrumah took advantage of the parameters set by UGCC for his ‘Independence Now’ campaign. He conceded that the elitists posturing of the UGCC could not have won that party any election
“We brought him [Nkrumah] down, paid his passage and paid him to act as a secretary and he turned against us”.
But his description of Dr. Nkrumah’s position as opportunistic, brought Malik Kweku Baako, a CPP member turned NPP member for convenience, to his feet saying “It is unfair,” to describe Dr Nkrumah as opportunistic.
Contrary to the NPP’s claims, Kwaku Baako said, Dr. Nkrumah recognized the role the UGCC played in Ghana’s independence struggle.
“Nkrumah was a tactician of a strategic proportion not an opportunist,” Kwaku Baako stressed. He also disagreed with Prof. Ocquaye and revealed that he has many books, including Ghanaian law reports to showthat the ex-minister, who is also lawyer lied during his delivery to mark the NPP anniversary.