Sammy Awuku, the national youth organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has thrown light on his decision to reject a ministerial appointment offered to him by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The president called him to his home after the election and offered him the job, but Awuku rejected it with the explanation that he wanted to continue his work for the party.
His decision to reject the appointment has shocked members of the NPP family, some of whom have urged him to reconsider his decision.
But speaking to Accra-based Peace FM, Awuku said the NPP made several promises to the youth of Ghana and he wanted to be in a position where he could help the party fulfill those promises.
He said accepting a ministerial job would limit his ability to support the use of the country.
"The youth need help in so many sectors, if I accept a ministerial position and I’m locked up in one ministry, how can I be of help to my colleague youth. So I decided to stay back in the party headquarters with my senior brother John Boadu to help the youth who need support. It is on the aggregate of that, that I elected myself and told the President that I’m comfortable at the party headquarters,” he said.
Awuku was instrumental in Akufo-Addo's stunning victory in the 2016 election.
Under his leadership, the youth wing of the NPP last year was credited with the massive mobilisation of supporters and sympathisers, including students and other young voters.