After several derogatory remarks about Nana AAddo Danquah Akufo-Addo, then Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, the immediate past Chief Executive of the Ghana Free Zones Board, Kojo Twum-Boafo, says he is proud of now President Akufo -Addo, for his resilience.
According to him, Nana Addo, nursed a presidential ambition for over four decades, fought hard for it in spite of all the odds and must be commended for his brevity.
Responding to questions on whether he regrets ever maligning the then Presidential Candidate, he declined comment but said ” I do not want to go back to history, the man is the President of Ghana and that is what I should be proud of ” he stated.
On President Akufo Addo’s large government of 110 Ministers, the outspoken he said, the NPP heavily criticized the Mahama Administration for the number of appointees he had and even described his government as incompetent yet with their so called competent members, they the President has increased the number of Ministerial portfolios and bloated the size even bigger with over 60 deputy Ministers including those for the 10 regions.
Mr Twum Boafo stressed that the NPP took an undue advantage of the “seemingly deteriorated” economy to deceive the Ghanaian voter, essentially, the youth to ride its way to power..
He rhetorically questioned “If the economy is indeed in shambles, then why the ‘avalanche’ of Ministers to depend on the public purse”
The former Free Zones Board CEO told Nana Aba Anamoah, host of GH ONE TV’s current affairs programme, ‘The State Of Affairs, that the National Democratic Congress could have avoided the bus branding saga which the New Patriotic Party blew out of proportion.
“The bus branding gate could have been managed to deny the NPP of a chance of blowing like they did in the heat of the campaign” he envisaged.
He explained further that the bus branding saga among other internal issues within the NDC possibly, caused them the seat.
In his post mortem analysis of what perhaps caused the NDC and John Mahama’s embarrassing loss, he said, many of the party executives also failed to tell the former President Mahama, the reality on the ground.
The outspoken CEO rejected suggestions that he was partly to blame because of his attacks on critics of then Mahama administration.
. ” I always tell the President the truth on the grounds per the way I see it” he argued.
On the Free Zones Board, Mr Twum-Boafo said all the success chalked under his watch was a collective effort. He also expressed gratitude to the former President for the opportunity he gave him.
Source: radioxyzonline.Com/Ibrahim Obeng-Mensah.