General News of Thursday, 13 December 2012
Dr. Sekou Nkrumah says the defeat of main opposition flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo in the just-ended presidential elections essentially marks the end of his presidential ambitions.
The son of Ghana’s first President told XYZ News that Nana Akufo-Addo’s age will not make him a suitable candidate for the 2016 elections.
“I think the Presidential ambition of Nana Addo has just gone out of the window by this defeat. In life I think it is not everything that you can achieve and life has a way of humbling people” Dr. Nkrumah said.
He added that “NPP will definitely have to change their leadership; I can’t see Nana Akufo-Addo leading the NPP in 2016”. Nana Akufo Addo will be 72 years-old by 2016.
Dr. Sekou Nkrumah also added that Nana Akufo Addo’s loss paves the way for former Trades Minister John Alan Kojo Kyeremanteng to take over the mantle of leadership of the NPP.
Sekou Nkrumah also described Alan Kyeremanteng as a more favourable and likeable candidate than Nana Akufo Addo. “Alan Kyeremanteng looks like he is now very well positioned to take over the leadership of the NPP…I think talking about personality and all that, he seems to be favourable to many people in terms of the way he carries himself”.
Meanwhile, Dr Sekou Nkrumah believes President Mahama and the incumbent NDC won the elections because of the candidate’s ethnic background. “If John Mahama was not a Northener, NDC would have lost the 2012 elections” Sekou Nkrumah said.