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12.07.2005 Politics

I’ve no presidential ambitions- Prof Akosa

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service Prof Agyeman Badu Akosa says he has no interest in the presidential candidature of the Convention People's Party (CPP).

Speaking in Accra he said the situation where some journalists and newspaper owners use all means to drag the names of people who wanted to lead quiet lives as public servants into politicians was bad.

He said he was amazed to be told that he was quoted on the front page of the Public Agenda, an Accra based private newspaper in its Friday, July 8,2005 edition as one of the front runners for the CPP top posts in the 2008 Presidential elections.

He said he had never made any overtures to the CPP leadership and went on to caution that journalists should always make sure they report only the facts.

Prof Akosa said anybody who was in doubt of his position could go and verify with the CPP headquarters in Accra to see whether he was a member of the party.

He said he was not interested in any political office and wanted to remain as a public servant, therefore journalists should stop the speculations about his political intentions since he did not have any.

The Public Agenda in its Friday July 8 2005 edition stated “ Despite Prof Akosa'a apparent lack of interest in the CPP top job, some political commentators insist he cannot be discounted in the race as the CPP hunts fro marketable candidate to spring a surprise in 2008. To them there is never “ a never in politics”, it said.

The paper further alleged, “ Prof Akosa who is the son of one of the commissioners in the Dr Kwame Nkrumah's CPP administration is seen as a runner to the leadership of the CPP.”

It went on to state “ while Dr Dufuor and Major Boakye Gyan have made public appearances at some CPP functions, Prof Akosa is yet to show up at any CPP gathering.”

The Public Agenda however admitted that the only thing that linked Prof Akosa to the CPP was his father who was a staunch member of the CPP.