Actor Agya Koo has met the presidential nominee of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, at his Nima residence after he (Agya Koo) endorsed the three-time flag bearer on Wednesday, 21 September.
Known in real life as Kofi Adu, the Kumawood actor declared his support for Mr Akufo-Addo at a press conference. He has also launched a campaign dubbed: ‘Agenda 57 Per Cent Votes for Nana Addo’ ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections in the country on December 7.
According to the veteran actor, his decision to support the NPP leader was necessitated by the extreme economic difficulties Ghanaians have been saddled with over the years.
A statement he released on Wednesday, September 21, said: “I have personally sat back and monitored critically how things are going and felt the need to join the crusade for change in the political administration of this country. …As a movie star, I have travelled far and wide across the country and have seen the conditions many Ghanaians are going through on a daily basis trying to acquire one square meal a day.
“Many Ghanaians today face unprecedented precarious economic hardships which have consequently led to job losses and high unemployment rates, poor healthcare provision and cut-throat utility bills. As a Ghanaian, I feel the pinch of the escalating prices of goods and services on the market and cannot keep quiet. I have, therefore, decided to join the call for change in the direction of leadership since it is the only way the country can see development and progress.
“I am very sure that most of you were around in 2008 and witnessed the economic conditions that prevailed at that time. I do not want to bore your ears with a reminder but we all were witnesses to the fact that goods and services were affordable and every ordinary Ghanaian could afford it. One would, therefore, wonder why conditions in this country have become so deplorable within the spate of eight years. Today, it is sad to compare how these same prices of goods and services have increased astronomically as a result of poor economic policies and performance of the current leadership.
“Now the ordinary Ghanaian cannot afford basic items like milk, sugar, rice, bread, and other household commodities. We have taken the trouble to do a thorough research of prices of goods and services on the market and compared them to the time of the NPP administration. I challenge anyone who disagrees with me to do his or her own checks from the markets to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of this sad situation. Apart from being a movie star as many Ghanaians know me to be, I am also a parent and know how expensive it is to give your children quality education in this country.
“It is for this and other reasons that I have decided to join the voice for change by declaring my support for the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. I have, therefore, decided to launch the ‘Agya Koo Agenda 57% For Nana Addo’ to support the campaign of the NPP in order to help bring the much-needed change. My objective, therefore, is to interact with ordinary voters and share my experience on the need for change in leadership in the country since it is the only way this country can see progress.”