Disappointed presidential aspirant of the Liberal Party of Ghana, Kofi Akpaloo has made a rather unpopular statement about the future of persons who hail from northern Ghana with intentions of becoming president one day.
According to Akpaloo who was speaking to host of Abusua Nkommo, Kwame Adinkrah about the on-going speculation about who may lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the next elections, former President John Dramani Mahama’s legacy will prevent another northerner from becoming president anytime soon.
He said, “Kwame, no northerner will become president again..at least not in the immediate future.
“This is a very bitter truth, but I have said it here now. John Mahama got the chance to make a case for the Northerners yet he scattered it with corruption and incompetence.”
The former president-wannabe warned other parties to desist from making a northerner their leader since that will jeopardise their chances of winning.
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“This goes to the NPP and any other political party in Ghana. They should be careful fielding a candidate from the north because Mahama has spoilt their chances and this will take many years in the very far future before northern politicians can make an attempt for the presidency,” he added.
The premise of this statement lies in the fact several potential aspirant’s names for the position of NDC flagbearer have come up since former president Mahama stated that he will not run for president again.
Among a dozen names in circulation include that of minority leader Haruna Iddrisu, a deputy speaker of parliament Alban Bagbin and several others.
But Kofi Akpaloo believes none of the names from the Northern Regions of Ghana stands a chance of winning presidential elections.
“John Mahama has caused a lot of damage to the integrity of northern politicians, they are very decent people and they have produced very fine politicians, unfortunately Mahama’s performance has killed their chances for the presidency,” he said.
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