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06.10.2008 Politics

Bawumia meets J B Danquah's wife

By The Statesman

The running mate to the NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,  Mahamudu Bawumia at the weekend interacted with the wife of the late J B Danquah, doyen of Ghanaian politics and a key plank in the philosophy of the NPP, Elizabeth Ologo aged 81, and their last born, Dora Danquah.

They were introduced by Nene Kpeteple Narh Dawutey Ologo VI, Konor of Yilo Krobo Traditional area when Dr. Bawumia paid a courtesy call on him as part of his tour of the Eastern Region.

The Konor jokingly asked Ms Danquah whether she belongs to the NPP and the reply was, "we're moving forward" triggering laughter from those present including Ampofo Twumasi, Deputy Minister for Energy, Stephen Ntim, former Eastern Regional Vice Chairman Adu Teye Tawiah, and Yilo Krobo District Chief Executive and NPP Parliamentary aspirant Christian Kofi Teye.

Dr Bawumia told Nene Kpeteple Narh Dawutey Ologo that he was in the district to meet people in the Zongo community as well as introduce himself to them as Nana Akufo-Addo's running mate. He said he called on him to ask for his prayers and wise counsel to enable him achieve his aim.

The Konor wished him good luck in his endeavour, saying he was happy to see him for the first time. 'You will succeed in achieving your mission,' he assured him.

Nene Dawutey Ologo emphasised that though chiefs are not allowed under the Constitution to engage in party politics, they are politicians in their individual rights. This, he explained, allowed chiefs to 'discuss issues'. The choice of who gets their vote is determined by a dispassionate analysis of the agenda of all the political parties and what the needs of their subjects are.

At the Ofori Panin Fie on Friday, Osabarima Kyeretwie Boakye Danquah, Kyebihene and Abontendomhene of Abuakwa also wished Dr Bawumia all the best in his bid to become the Vice-President of Ghana.

He said Ghanaians need good people to continue the good works of President Kufuor and his NPP government. He also said chiefs are not supposed to engage in party politics, but stated that they have the power to tell the truth.

He said politics is like trading: 'When you sell good items, people buy them'. The Kyebihene told the gathering that it is now time for Ghanaians to make a choice as to- 'who displayed good items'. This, he said does not require abusive words which would lead to exchange of blows in the 'market.'

The Abontendomhene said Ghanaians are at a cross roads and require divine help in choosing the next leader after President Kufuor. He expressed delight that Nana Akufo-Addo chose Dr Bawumia, a Northerner and Muslim to be his running mate.

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