President Akufo-Addo had vowed during 2016 campaign time and even made more public talks when elected into office as President of the Republic to change Ghana in 18 months. This has now been contradicted by the General Secretary of the party, who is saying 40 years is what is needed to change Ghana.
“I am promising you that within 18 months of a new government of the NPP, under my leadership, the face of our country, Ghana, is going to change. We are going to get out of stagnation and backwardness and move our country onto the path of progress and prosperity. We can do it. We, the Ghanaian people, have the capacity to change the circumstances of our lives.” Akufo-Addo had said.
These were the words of the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at the Jubilee Park in Tamale at the time, when he addressed a mammoth gathering at the NPP’s Northern Regional Rally.
This ‘new Ghana’, according to Nana Akufo-Addo, will be “a Ghana with opportunities for all, no family and friends, tribalism etc; a Ghana where everybody is taken care off. “We will have a society that is caring and compassionate and expresses solidarity. Nobody is going to be left behind. We are all going to march together, hands linked together, to that great future that beckons us, here in Ghana.” he promised.
But General Secretary of the governing NPP, John Boadu, has said that to totally transform Ghana, his party will need about 40-years of uninterrupted stay in office to transform Ghana significantly.
Speaking on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’, he said the NPP already focused on winning election 2020. “We are preparing towards 2020 and it is not just 2020 we are looking towards. We know if we are here for a very long time, the country will move forward.”
According to him, “if Nana Addo had continued after 2008 and had taken the baton from Kufuor, and if another NPP leader continued from him, we would have really moved forward.”
Mr. Boadu stressed that, the desire to hold onto power for a long time, explains why the NPP must be focused ahead of election 2020.
“We are not doing this for ourselves. We are doing it for posterity. Generations to come will not forgive us if we can’t hold on to power for a long time. Look at the Free SHS, First year alone there were over 60,000 additional students who normally would not have been in school. This year we’re looking over 180,000. If not for Nana Adoo who was in power, the future of these children would have been jeopardized. So if we have even 8 to 10 years, you will see where this country would be.”
According to him, He will ensure that the party stays in office for over forty years.