Both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) have both asked their members to disregard the observation of August 4 as Founders’ Day.
The party leaderships believes that the August 4 celebration is an attempt to rewrite the country’s history as it seeks to undermine the role of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah in ensuring Ghana’s independence.
According to them, the August 4 as Founders’ Day amounts to a revision of the country’s history.
“It is not an exercise the CPP will want o take delight it. For as long as the law exists, we are not going to recognize it and we will still take the opportunity to remind people that it is an imposition on us. We don’t find any merit it.” a statement signed the Communications Director for the CPP, Kadr Abdul Rauf said.
The NDC statement, which was also signed by its Director of Communications, Mr Kakra Essamuah, said it was unfortunate that “the government had legislated into law, the commemoration and celebration of August 4 as a holiday to be called the Founders’ Day, replacing the Founder’s Day that was celebrated in honour of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the architect of Ghana’s independence.”
Meanwhile President Akufo-Addo has said, the Founders’ day celebration is the most appropriate day to signify Ghana’s recognition and appreciation of the collective efforts of her forebears towards the founding of a free, independent Ghana.
According to him, “Government believes that the most appropriate way to honour them is to commemorate the day on which the two most significant events in our colonial political history, that led us to freedom and independence, occurred – 4th August.”
The President made this known on Sunday, 4th August, 2019, at the luncheon for Senior Citizens, on the occasion of the celebration of Founders’ Day, at the Accra International Conference Centre, Accra.