Two-time presidential candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, has shrugged off the age card being drummed up against his presidential aspirations.
“There are people going around saying that I am not well so I can’t do the job. I don’t know whether they are my doctors, and they have an idea of what is happening to me. But I’m very certain that I am strong, and I can do the work”, the former Foreign Affairs Minister said Tuesday, in an apparent response to one of his harshest critics, Dr Sekou Nkrumah, son of Ghana’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
Dr Nkrumah, who supported the former Cabinet Minister and Legislator, revived the age debate Tuesday when he said: “The age thing cannot be swept under the carpet”.
“Age is becoming a problem for Nana Addo”, the political Activist said.
“As a nation, do we want to repeat what happened under Mills?” Dr Nkrumah asked.
President John Mills is the only Ghanaian President to have died while in office. Dr Nkrumah fears Akufo-Addo, who turns 72 years in 2016, is likely to suffer similar fate due to old age.
“I don’t think Akufo-Addo can provide the kind of leadership we need”, Dr Nkrumah said, adding: “NPP winning power should not be about Akufo Addo”.
The former Attorney General, who is seeking to lead the NPP into a third consecutive election as presidential candidate, is contesting six other aspirants for the flagbearer slot.
They include former Trade Ministers Alan Kyeremanten and Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku; former Attorney General Joe Gharey, former Information Minister Stephen Asamoah Boateng; and Legislators Francis Addai-Nimoh and Kofi Osei Ameyaw.
He told party supporters and Delegates when he campaigned in the Greater Accra region that if Iovrian President, Alassane Ouattara, who is two years his senior, could do it, then so can he (Akufo-Addo).
“…Give me the opportunity to do for Ghana what Alassane Ouattara is doing for La Cote d’Ivoire”, Akufo-Addo said.