It is true that in any given Ghanaian government, those appointed by the president or his government hold the keys to the corridors of power. Nevertheless, there are always a certain few who aren't appointed but are more or less connected enough to operate in the backgrounds.
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So in an attempt to "smoke out" these somewhat veiled power-brokers, we put together a list of 5 heavy hitters who most definitely walk the corridors of power, but don't have official positions in today's executive government.
Co-founder of Databank Financial Services with the current Finance Minister, Mr. Kenneth Ofori-Atta , Mr. Keli Gadzekpo may not be a politician but his background experience makes it likely that he's rubbed shoulders some of the current administration's most powerful office holders.
A Member of Parliament (MP) for the Assin North constituency, Hon. Kennedy Agapong is known for his propensity to [fearlessly] antagonize and/or insult people who occupy high government offices. Not limited to members of oppossing political parties, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong is known for his ability to verbally flay members of his own party.
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Hon. Kennedy Agyapong [by some] is referred to as one of the ruling political party's financiers.
A politician and founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Clement Kubindiwor Tedam has been the Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party's Council of elders since 2008. Prior to entering politics, Mr. Tedam was a teacher, and won his first parliamentary election in 1954.
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko
A licensed private practitioner and cousin to president Nana Akuffo Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko may not have a government appointed public position, but anyone who doubts Gabby's ability pull strings in today's government would be sorely mistaken.
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In the last few months Gabby Otchere Darko has commented on several issues (Appiah Stadium arrest, 2018 budget, etc) and proved that it doesn't take a public office position to have a seat at the table of power.
H.E. President John Agyekum Kufour
Former president John Agyekum Kufour is the only former president of Ghana to have come from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), and - if nothing else - would earn a spot on this list for that alone. On the other hand, though he's retired from active politics, his position as ex-president from the ruling party puts him in a unique position to be a important source of advice for Ghana's current President, Nna Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo.
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