Nkrumah Is Ghana’s Only Founder – CPP
The Conventions Peoples Party yesterday joined other progressive socialist forces to commemorate Ghana’s Founder’s Day.
The party joined in the national debate, stating that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is the only founder of the country.
Addressing the media yesterday at the party’s head office in Accra, the Chairman of the party, Professor Edmund Delle, said the party considers as unfortunate recent attempts by the President to re-write the history of the country.
“Osagyefo is the main architect of Ghana’s independence and the foundational stone of modern Ghana, Africa, and emancipation of black race. Unfortunately, some reactionary forces have decided to water down the contribution of Nkrumah”, he stressed.
The Chairman outlined some achievements of Nkrumah, stating that he focused enormous resources on improving Ghana’s agricultural export base, which traditionally was heavily dependent on cocoa.
According to him, Akufo-Addo is not the first to have introduced free education in the country.
“Dr. Nkrumah introduced free education for all students in Ghana by abolishing school fees at this level; expanded education by building more schools to increase enrollment”, he said.
The Director of Elections of the Party, James Kwabena Bonfeh, revealed that he has copies of the debate on the floor of the legislative assembly which occurred on August 3, 1956 and will present them to parliament for them to read the proceedings that eventually established in law the need for the country’s independence.
“On the February 10,1957 when Nkrumah was fighting for independence, JB Danquah and co, according to a documentary, were in the UK begging the United Kingdom government not to grant us independence. How could they be founders of the country?”, he said.
According to him, if we had gone the JB Danquah way, the northern territory would not have been part of the country.
“If Nana Addo wants August 4 as Founder’s Day, he should create a different map minus the northern territories and Volta region, and we will allow them the freedom to grant it to JB Danquah and the rest.”
The NDC were not missing in action, as the Vice Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and Ambassador Lee Ocran were present at the press briefing.
In their solidarity message, Ambassador Ocran stated that the NDC supports the CPP in their argument that Kwame Nkrumah is the only founder of the country.
Seasoned Journalist, Kwesi Pratt was also present to support the party in commemorating Founder’s Day.
Source: Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum/ The Publisher Newspaper