Kofi Adams says Nigeria’s opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC) won the historic election in 2015 because it was led by a unifier, Mahamudu Buhari.
But the opposition party leader in Ghana is a divisive character, he described on Joy FM’s Top Story Monday.
The main opposition leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been rallying Ghanaians to follow the Nigerian example where an opposition party limited the sitting President to one-term in office.
Highlighting this similarity, Akufo-Addo said “Nigeria showed the way last year…we hope this will turn out into a lesson Ghanaians can learn from our neighbours that change is sometimes needed after just one full term”.
He said the poor state of the economy in Ghana provides further evidence that President John Mahama does not deserve a second-term.
But reacting to this charge, Kofi Adams said Buhari formed an alliance of several opposition parties and also got important governors even in the ruling party to endorse his bid.
But Akufo-Addo is “sacking his people. He has gotten his chairman off, he has gotten General Secretary off, he has gotten his vice-chairman off and many others”, Kofi Adams argued.
The NPP last year, suspended its elected National Chairman Paul Afoko, General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong and first Vice-Chairman Sammy Crabbe.
They were accused of undermining party structures and working to frustrate the party’s efforts to get its flagbearer Akufo-Addo elected as president.
Kofi Adams said Mahamudu Buhari, whom Akufo-Addo admires, praised President Mahama’s leadership which Akufo-Addo criticises.
Kofi Adams also rejected a popular NPP claim that President Mahama’s government is corrupt. He said an appropriate evaluation of the government’s anti-corruption crusade is the report authored by world anti-corruption body Transparency International.
The report, he said, shows Ghana’s rankings have improved.
“Corruption is not measured based on a desperate opposition leader’s comments,” he said.