- Barely four months into President Akufo-Addo’s second term, the battle to succeed him is heating up
- There have been reports that the Agric Minister was in Kumasi to declare his interest
- He denied the reports in a statement
- But, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko believes ministers with such ambitions should resign
A leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has lashed out at some cabinet ministers who are sneakily holding meetings to announce their presidential ambitions, barely four months into President Akufo-Addo’s second term.
In a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh, he expressed disgust at those ministers seeking to already succeed the president when governments across the world are battling the coronavirus pandemic, economic hardships among other excruciating social challenges.
“Which part of this, don’t you get, Mr. Cabinet Member!” he wrote. “This is not the time to be planting for delegates and votes,” he added.
That notwithstanding, he admonished the cabinet ministers with presidential ambition going about campaigning for votes and delegates to resign and focus on their interest.
“If your focus, as a member of Akufo-Addo’s government, is to first fight for your own ambition and transformation, then, please, feel free to move over to move on,” he stated.
His comments generated massive reactions among his followers with many asking him to be bold and name the cabinet ministers scrambling to succeed the president.
Margaret Mba said: “I think you should call out that person, straight up.”
Ohenebapa Nana Nyarko added: “Indeed, this is not time to be planting for delegates and votes!”
Kwame Zion stated: “We will start beating them soon, no time for any imbecility; we have to break the 8 at all cost Gabby!”
Meanwhile, Food and Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, dismissed reports that he was in Kumasi to announce his presidential ambition over the weekend.
Instead, he said he was in the capital of the Ashanti Region to rest and recover from a fever he was battling.
Afriyie Akoto’s denial followed reports that he met “some top-notch power brokers” of the NPP in Kumasi over the weekend where he announced his intention to join the scramble to lead the governing NPP into the 2024 elections.
Afriyie Akoto, according to the reports informed the meeting which included some constituency chairpersons of his desire with the campaign slogan: Okumkom (Hunger Killer).
He, however, admitted he met the executives in a statement sighted by YEN.com.gh.
He said he will never put the president in an “uncomfortable situation” by using his name to campaign.
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