Nana is vindicated by choice of Bawumia - Kufuor extols NPP running mate
5/4/2012 4:30:44 PM -
Former President John Agyekum Agyekum Kufuor Wednesday reiterated his firm belief in the ability of the New Patriotic Party presidential ticket of Nana Akufo-Addo and Mahamudu Bawumia to lead the party to recapture political power in the December polls, and further salvage the nation from the current mess it has been plunged into by the Mills-Mahama led National Democratic Congress government.
Mr Kufuor noted that even though he and others were initially not in favour of the selection of Dr Bawumia as the vice presidential candidate of the NPP for the 2008 elections, the party has now realized that the contributions of Dr Bawumia could lead to victory in the upcoming polls.
He was speaking as the Chairman of the 5th Ferdinand Ayim Memorial Lectures where Dr Bawumia delivered a lecture on the 'The True State of the Economy.'
'The pair did not make it the first time but that is how politics is. Now they are back together and it is beginning to look like a pair made in heaven. Perhaps if they had made it the first time Ghanaians would not have appreciated them,' he stressed.
Former President Kufuor expressed the optimism that Ghanaians would make the right choice when they go to the polls on December 7, after assessing the first term of the Mills-Mahama led NDC administration, and comparing it with what was achieved under the previous NPP administration.
According to the ex-president, Ghanaians would not have appreciated the qualities of the NPP presidential ticket well if they had won the 2008 presidential election.
He explained Ghana had just moved from a HIPC economy to a lower middle income economy for which reason many would underestimate the performance of Nana Addo and Dr Bawumia if they had won power.
'Since 2008, we have carried water and have carried alcohol and we know which is heavier,' he said philosophically.
Mr Kufuor extolled the academic and professional credentials of Dr Bawumia, describing him as the 'master to treat macro economics.'
He said the former deputy Bank of Ghana Governor had played a major role in the success story of erstwhile NPP government under his presidency , entering the Bank of Ghana as a research officer and rising to the position of a deputy governor within six years.