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I am not responsible for Akufo-Addo’s defeat - Kufuor
By Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, Ghanadot

Accra, Sept 2, Ghanadot - The immediate Former President John Agyekum Kufuor outlined the reasons behind the defeat of his party- the New Patriotic Party (NPP) – under the candidacy of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in the December 2008 Presidential Elections.

Mr. Kufuor has denied being responsible in any way for the defeat of the NPP and debunked assertions that the election result was a tacit rejection of the NPP government which he was leader of for eight years.

The Ex-president made these statements when he took his turn on TV3’s Kweku-One-On-One last Sunday.

He stressed that “to the best of his knowledge, intent and ability, he did his best to ensure that Nana Akufo-Addo won the said elections but the results of the polls proved otherwise”.

Mr. Kufuor explained that, “democracy is not always rational”, and in many instances, voters support a candidate or a party for reasons based on sentiments rather than logic.

“I would tell you that as a person, I do not feel responsible for it at all; I did my best for my party and my candidate but if the people decide to vote otherwise, I cannot be responsible for that”, Kufuor added.

The ex-President stated that if Ghanaians had gone to the December polls to cast their ballot based on issues of rule of law, economy and development, there was no way the NPP should have lost power.

Kufuor mentioned for instance of an area where the electorate there had vowed to vote out the NPP, even if the government tarred the roads with gold. Should I be blamed for the loss of the NPP in such an area, he asked.

The ex-president, who is referred in Ghana’s politics as “The Gentle Giant” intimated that prior to the presidential primary of the NPP last year, he personally called some of the 17 or so aspirants and advised them to re-think their decision to lead the party and if possible step aside but they all turned down his advice.

“I told some of them that ‘look, the daily reports I get do not favor you so don’t waste your time’…but it seems they were bitten by the bug to go into the arena to try their muscles”, he told the host Kwaku Sekyi Addo.

The number of aspirants, he said, did not give a serious image of the party, “but politics is serious business”. Kufuor said he congratulated the party for limiting the number of future flag-bearer aspirants to a maximum of five, which in his view is not too large a figure.

"I am a thorough-bred NPP man. I have supported the party’s ideals and principles all my life and I have no intentions of departing from them," he added.

“Through this party, I reached the highest point in the political life of our nation. A point anybody could wish for throughout the world. I have had my time and I am content with that”, the ex-President stated.

At the just-ended national delegate conference of the party held at Ghana Trade Fair Centre in Accra, Kufuor said: “I am not in contention with anybody for any position within the party or outside it and I wish to play my role as an elder statesman within the party, a position I believe I have earned.






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