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08.11.2008 Elections

'Mills, Mahama Pair Won't Work'

By Daily Guide

OWURAKU AMOFA, former Deputy Minister of Tourism in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has made mockery of Prof. Mills' hopes of winning the December 7 polls.  

Mr. Amofa, who recently returned from his USA base to cross carpet to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has predicted doom for Prof. Mills in the upcoming polls.

The ex-NDC guru, in an interview with Kessben FM in Kumasi, stated that the NDC flagbearer will lose for the third time this year.

He stated that Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP presidential candidate would win the polls hands down, insisting the NPP flagbearer was the best for the country.

Mr. Amofa categorically stated that the writing was clearly on the wall for all including NDC members to see that a third time loss awaited the Law professor.

He wondered aloud why the NDC should present Prof. Mills again as its flagbearer when he has been rejected twice by the electorate, saying “this act shows that the NDC does not respect the views of the electorate, hence their desire to impose Prof. Mills on us”.

According to him he had never supported Prof. Mills' bid for the presidency, disclosing that issue caused a fracas between him and the party's founder Jerry John Rawlings in 2000.

“I vehemently resisted NDC's decision to present Prof. Mills as its flagbearer in 2000 and this did not go down well with Mr. Rawlings, culminating in my exit from the party,” he noted, adding, “the Mills and John Mahama pair for this year too would not work”.

He indicated that he took that decision in 2000 because he knew for sure that Prof. Mills did not possess the exceptional qualities expected in a president of the state, insisting, he (Amofa) has never regretted quitting the NDC.

On what prompted his decision to join the NPP, Mr. Amofa said “the President Kufuor administration has done extremely well in all aspects of the economy as compared with the NDC era, hence my decision to join the ruling party”.

He added that the firm foundation laid by the NPP government to ensure a rapid and effective economic take-off of the country needed an astute, experienced, patriotic, visionary and hard working person like Nana Akufo-Addo to steer affairs.

Mr. Amofa implored the electorate to follow his shining example by putting aside their political affiliation and shunning all other influences “and for once tell the truth for the betterment of Mother Ghana”.

“It is clear that Nana Addo stands tall among the eight presidential aspirants in the polls, therefore we should be bold and say it to take the country to the desired level that we all anticipate.”

Mr. Amofa who is an Akyem just like Nana Akufo-Addo, denied that ethnicity influenced his decision to join the NPP, saying “Nana Addo has been my great political rival since 1996 but the fact is, for now, he is the best to lead Ghana to prosperity and nothing else”.

“I have joined the NPP because I am a patriotic citizen of the country and I want to see Ghana in affluence and it is only Nana Addo who can lead the country to attain that,” he concluded.

From Fred J.A. Ibrahim Jnr., Kumasi