With less than six months to the general elections, a 78 year old chief has declared his intention to contest as an independent presidential candidate.
Announcing his intention in Accra on Tuesday, Nana Ofori IV Abakohene of Agona Kwanyako in the Central region said political parties in the country particularly the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have nothing good to offer Ghanaians.
The chief known in private life as James Kwame Manso Anyanful said “Ghanaians need individuals who have proper administrative ambitions and who could salvage them from the current economic hardships and not political parties who always think about the sustainability of their parties.”
He said although chiefs are not to take part in party politics, they are allowed to stand as independent candidates.
“This is not my first attempt. In 2008, I decided to vie for the presidential slot to save the people of this country from their woes however due to financial constraints my dreams got shattered. But I have now mapped out a different strategy to carry out my campaign in such a way to reduce cost,” he said.
Mr. Anyanful, who did not have any supporters with him as he made the announcement, noted the main challenge facing Ghana is the electoral process added that the political system needs to be reformed without delay.
He indicated he would champion reforms of the electoral process even before he gets the nod to become president saying immediately after his campaign launch he would proceed to the Supreme Court over the issue.
“The process of choosing a person for the presidency should be done in an atmosphere devoid of noise-making and insults.”
Mr. Anyanful who has a handshake as his election symbol was not sure his presidential bid would be approved by the Electoral Commission (EC) but said even if that happens, he would like Ghanaians to vote for a party that could move the nation forward by changing the governance system.
Touching on his personal profile, Mr. Anyanful said he is currently a pensioner who holds the Bsc. (Special Physics) Legon/London 1960 and Postgraduate Diploma Applied Statistics, Legon 1967. Later, he took a senior management course at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration in I973 among other programs both home and abroad.
Source Daily Guide Ghana