PROF. KOFI Agyeman Badu Akosa, one of the six flagbearer aspirants of the Convention People's Party (CPP) has cautioned party delegates not to let money be the decisive factor in the December 15 national congress of the party.
He said delegates who would be influenced with money could plunge the CPP into serious trouble.
The former Director General of the Ghana Health Service stressed that the CPP needed a competent, committed and visionary person like him to propel the party to victory in the 2008 general elections.
Prof. Akosa made these observations in a telephone interview with Melody FM, a local radio station in Takoradi last Tuesday.
He pointed out that using money to influence delegates during elections was alien to CPP politics and advised the delegates to shun those who either by their incompetence or untrustworthiness would want to do so.
He was hopeful of winning the party's flabearership slot during the congress, which comes off at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.
He however stated that if he does not win he would throw his weight behind the victor on condition that the elections were free, fair and transparent.
“I am a true Nkrumahist and believe that the CPP is the only political party that thinks about the welfare of the people as demonstrated in the numerous development projects embarked upon by the CPP government when it came into power in the 1950s,” he stated.
He emphasized that he was not in the presidential race to amass wealth, but to apply the knowledge and the experience he had acquired in various fields of endeavour by transforming Ghana into a buoyant economy.
He promised a few but competent ministerial portfolios in a CPP-led government, when given the nod at the congress and ultimately made president of Ghana.
When Mr. Bright Akwetey, one of the CPP presidential hopefuls was also interviewed, he mentioned that his campaign message had gone down well with party members and the delegates despite his inability to tour all the 230 constituencies in the country.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi