Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, a former Finance Minister, has hit back at people in the National Democratic Congress, unnerved by his declared intention to fight for the party’s 2024 presidential ticket and have accusing him of being a fifth columnist, telling them to wise up.
The ex-Finance Minister and Governor of the Bank of Ghana has come under fire from some members of the party for his decision to contest the NDC’s presidential primary election and stands accused of seeking to throw a spanner in the works of former President John Dramani Mahama.
Speaking in an interview with a private television station in Accra on Monday, December 6, 2021, he dismissed the accusation as unfair and wondered what could motivate him to work against the interest of the party.
He told the people, who had become jittery by his decision to wise up.
“Those claims are just wicked, and I pray that those people will put their thinking caps on. It is very unfair.
Who will serve a country for four years and will not accept anything, no salary, no allowances, no ex-gratia, why would I be a mole when money is not my problem.”
The former Finance Minister on the sidelines of a public lecture, gave strong indication that he would be more than happy to lead the National Democratic Congress to the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.
This appears to have put him on a collision course with diehard supporters of former President John Mahama, who cannot understand why anybody from the party would want to contest him for the party’s presidential ticket.
It is amazing this should be happening in a 21st century democratic political party. Dr. Duffour told the interviewer about how the late President Jerry John Rawlings, the founder of the National Democratic Congress, had urged him in 2016, to run for the party’s flagbearer position but because he considered the timing not to be right, he decided against doing that.
Explaining why he has chosen to throw his hat in the ring this time around, Dr. Duffuor said “I felt the time was not right when Rawlings called on me to contest.
He said he was going to lead my campaign himself, but I did not.
The only reason I’m doing so now is because I think the party can still do better and it must involve everyone.”
He went on to address concerns about his age, saying “why should age matter, the focus should be on what the person brings to the fore and what they are capable of delivering when given the job and my track record proves what I can do in almost every sphere of the economy.
My record and the work we are capable of doing should be the driver of the conversation not age.”
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