Leadership is not about election -Duffour

September 10, 2021 By 0 Comments

Former Finance Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffour, who unconfirmed reports say is preparing to contest the flag bearer position of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has said leadership is not about ego or even election day.

According to him, it is about putting the prosperity and safety of Ghanaians first, every single day, all year round.

According to him harsh words are not healthy for nation building and thus called for oneness to develop the land of the homeland.

The statement was contained in a post on a Facebok page, believed to be owned by Dr. Duffour, and has since attracted several comments, with subsequent re-publications by online portals.

Though the owner of the account could not be readily verified beyond the leads given by the operator of the app, there has not been any disclaimer over the last 24 hours since the post appeared on the page, from either Dr. Duffour himself or his office.

The page has over twenty thousand likes and over twenty-six thousand followers, with related posts spanning over a year.

Captioned “call for peace,” the post has been described as a move by Dr. Duffour, giving hints of his intention to be in the NDC race for the 2024 elections.

Read the full post below;

“This is the time for peace and cooperation, not for violence and divisiveness. Leadership is not about ego or even Election Day, but putting the health, prosperity and safety of Ghanaians first every single day, all year round. Our children are hungry, our people are hurting. Let’s not resort to conflict but instead come together for the betterment of all.

When the country wins, its leader wins, and the success of the weakest among us should be the only priority for the strongest among us.

“This cannot be achieved through harsh words, violence or politicking, but through peace, humility and hard work.  In these times of great uncertainty, it is important to remember that words matter and carry great weight! May we all put Ghana first, and remember that party colours will never trump the unity offered, yellow and green.”

Though the post was not addressed to any particular person, comments from readers referred to former President John Dramani Mahama.

Call it coincidence, Dr. Duffour’s post came a day after Mr. Mahama had made the largely condemned “do or die” comment.

Throughout the week, Mr. Mahama has come under immeasurable criticism for threatening mayhem in the 2024 election.

Regardless, a defiant Mahama chose to insult his critics’ intelligence rather than retract.

It would be recalled that this paper published yesterday that Mr. Mahama called the bluff of his critics, saying that he would not retract his words.

He rather claimed that school dropouts do not understand what he said was an idiomatic expression.

This is not the first time Mr. Mahama’s words have been condemned and he has refused to eat humble pie.

In the heat of the 2016 election campaign, he made a statement that no party could match the NDC when it comes to unleashing violence.

Also, he recounted observations he had made with regards to security and elections and again remarked that the NDC was going to march the NPP “boot-for-boot,” which statements he did not retract or say sorry for.